Ohio State quarterback Quinn Ewers entering the NCAA transfer portal this week has caused a ripple effect in the state of Texas, where three programs are chomping at the bit to try and sign the 2021 cycle’s top-ranked player from the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong believes three programs are at the top of the target list for Ewers, whose only snaps this fall came against Michigan State in mop-up duty.
“Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. And I sent out some text messages right after his report and, around the Texas Tech program, I think that there is some confidence about their position landing Quinn Ewers,” Wiltfong said Friday on CBS Sports HQ. “Joey McGuire, the new coach coming over from Baylor, high school coach in that state — very well-respected person in the state of Texas.
“A lot of the buzz has always been round the Texas Longhorns. He was committed there once. (Texas head coach) Steve Sarkisian’s offense has always been exciting to that family. And they built a great relationship with coach Sarkisian during the recruiting process.”
McGuire and the Red Raiders could be the team to beat for Ewers.
“Around Texas Tech, they’re like a 50% (chance), as I read text messages as they come in,” Wiltfong said. “They’re obviously in the thick of it and they’re not just a throw-in in the three (schools).”
Ewers’ impact at his next program could be Joe Burrow-to-LSU level.
“He’s as talented as anybody,” Wiltfong said.
Texas A&M’s 2022 class is currently ranked No. 3 nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite, and does have a four-star signal caller committed in Conner Weigman.
Ohio State fans had been waiting for the arrival of Ewers since the five-star prospect and former Texas commit pledged to the program Nov. 19, 2020. It was thought the Buckeyes would have to wait until January 2022 before the quarterback made his move to Columbus, but Ewers reclassified and made his arrival for the 2021 season. But with his decision, Ewers’ Buckeyes career looks to be ending before it truly even got started.
The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Ewers was ranked as the top quarterback in the 2022 class by the 247Sports Composite, as well as the No. 1 overall prospect across the nation. He was recruited by every major program in the country after he was the highest ranked quarterback prospect since Vince Young.
In two seasons as the starter at Southlake Carroll High School, Ewers threw for 6,445 yards and 73 touchdowns, and that includes missing time last year with an injury. Ewers and his teammates came up just short of their goal of winning a state title, losing to Austin (Texas) Westlake in the Texas 6A state championship game 52-34 last January.
Dean Straka contributed to this story.