On Thursday, the Ohio State Buckeyes put extra distance between themselves and LSU in the race for the number one recruiting class in the nation for 2022. The widening gulf between the Buckeyes and Tigers came in spectacular fashion. Three weeks ago, Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers, the nation’s number one overall prospect, devastated Tom Herman and the Longhorns program by announcing his decommitment. It was an announcement that sent shockwaves through the college football landscape just two-and-a-half months after the first shockwave rippled through college football when he first made it clear he would be committing to Texas. The lifelong Texas fan has now shaken the sport, hopefully for the last time, as he swaps the Big 12 for the Big 10 and offered his verbal commitment to head coach Ryan Day and QBs coach Corey Dennis.
The news has tremendous ramifications for the Buckeyes’ future at the QB position and for the 2022 class as a whole. Ohio State has done a great job, recently, of developing stud QBs at the college level. Dwayne Haskins was a Heisman finalist in 2018 and a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Justin Fields looks destined to repeat this feat after a near-flawless start to the 2020 season. The Buckeyes have also turned in a couple of great recruiting cycles on the quarterback front with the 2020 and 2021 commitments of four-star prospect CJ Stroud and five-star number two pro-style QB Kyle McCord.
It seems Ewers has taken notice of what has been going on in Columbus. The twin factors of the Buckeyes’ meteoric rise to having a legitimate claim at being the new ‘QBU,’ along with the doubt that has crept in around what Tom Herman is trying to build in Austin, after a 3-3 start to the season, have conspired place Quinn Ewers firmly in the gleeful hands of Ryan Day and coach Dennis. Both coaches never stopped recruiting Quinn, even after he committed to the Longhorns in August, and, to their credit, worked tirelessly hard to build a fantastic relationship with the Texas native whose family has some ties, mainly in property, to the Columbus area.
Ewers possesses the prototypical 6-3, 195lb quarterback frame. He is surgical with his accuracy, throws the ball where it needs to be, at the right time and he can throw it at any arm slot.
His sophomore season stats rival that of Trevor Lawrence’s during his own high school sophomore season, another recent stratospherically high-rated recruit. Ewers completed 72% of his passes for over 4,000 yards to go with 45 TDs and just three INTs. He is not the most athletic of QBs, but he did also manage 568 yards rushing for an additional nine TDs. Lawrence completed passes at a 64% clip for 3,655 yards, 43 TD and four picks.
The Southlake Carroll High School product gives the Buckeyes their third-straight year of capturing the number one overall prospect in a single recruiting cycle. Following wide receiver Julian Fleming, from 2020’s class, and defensive end Jack Sawyer, of the 2021 cycle. He also joins a Buckeyes 2022 recruiting class that already boasts a player who is ranked the best at his position in linebacker Gabe Powers. Finally, Ewers is also, arguably, Ohio State’s best recruit in the modern era.
2021 is already regarded as a phenomenal recruiting cycle for Ryan Day and co. It looks like 2022 will be nothing short of sensational in its own right and with the latest five-star commitment, the QB position will be a dominant strength for years to come in Columbus.