Quinn Ewers has been all over Football media recently. He is difficult to miss, with his blonde streaked mullet a spectacle to behold. He has recently declared he is foregoing his final year in High School to arrive a year early on the Ohio State campus, and start his football journey with the Buckeyes. But who is Quinn Ewers, and what do we know about the mullet haired maestro?
High School Standout
Born on the 15th of March 2003 (2 days before my 20th birthday!), in one of my favourite cities, San Antonio, Texas, Ewers has been on the radar of college programs for several years.
He has, possibly unfairly, been compared to the most recent number 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, Trevor Lawrence. However, there are similarities in their games. Ewers is the highest rated QB to enter the collegiate level since Lawrence.
Ewers has exploded onto the High School scene, gaining the starting QB role for the Carrol Seniors High School Dragons as sophomore. A stat line of 72.4% pass completion for 4,003 yards, 45 touchdowns and three interceptions over 14 games is exceptional. Add a further 568 yards and nine more scores on the ground, you can see why Ewers is viewed as a special prospect. He continued this into the playoffs. The Dragons reached the state quarterfinals – averaging 5 TD passes per games during this run.
He followed this up in his Junior Year by throwing for 2442 yards and 28 touchdowns over 8 games, missing 6 through an injury.
Given his reputation as one of, if not the, nations top recruitment prospect, it should come as no surprise that Quinn Ewers had plenty of college scholarships to mull over. The likes of Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State were all keen to bring the talented young signal caller on-board. After initially committing to the Texas Longhorns in August 2020, Ewers then decided to change his career path. He committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes program later that same year. He has now declared he will forego his senior year in High School to arrive on campus a year sooner than planned.
’NIL’ and early arrival
With the expected,but nonetheless game changing announcement from the NCAA regarding ‘Name, Image and Likeness’ Ewers has decided to arrive on Ohio in 2021. He has already secured his first endorsement with Texas-based Holy Kombucha, a health drink company. Numerous more offers are likely to follow in the coming weeks and months.
Ewers clearly saw an opportunity to enter the college ranks at the right time. Not only is he able to make money now (Texas state law prevented him from signing endorsement deals whilst in college) but he also arrives at Ohio just after they have seen their start QB, Justin Fields, join the NFL ranks. They currently do not have an entrenched starter, and Ewers clearly fancies his chances of taking the job early.
Ohio State QB Room
However, if Ewers wishes to start immdiately he has a tough job on his hands. The Buckeyes QB room is already loaded with talent in the wake of Justin Fields’ departure to the NFL.
CJ Stroud – As backup to Fields last year, STroud did not attempt any passes but did rush for a 48 yard touchdown. A former 5 star recruit, with a big arm and rushing ability he will be looking to nail down the starting job.
Jack Miller III – A 2020 recruit, who enrolled in January 2020. A 4-star recruit, who hold the Arizona state record with 115 touchdowns including 53 in one season.
Kyle McCord – A freshman talent, with significant arm talent. Nations no.3 QB in recruiting for 2021, who is a 5-star recruit. Son of a former CFB QB – his dad played at Rutgers.
Ewers certainly has his work cut out in a crowded Quarterback room when he arrives, however he will certainly give the other QBs something to think about and I do wonder if 1 or 2 might consider the transfer portal at the end of the 2021 season.
Now, more importantly, how good is Quinn Ewers? The simple answer is very good. He has ample size ( 6’3 and 195lbs) and athleticism. His ‘pass first’ high school offence has allowed him to show good arm talent. He throws the football very fluidly, with very little wind up. He shows good touch ability for one so young and anything within 45-50 yards should be easy enough for him. Although the ball doesn’t explode off his hands, he has plenty velocity to make tight window throws.
Ewers appears to read defences well, but when he has to make throws off platform, he is more the capable. Although not a classical dual threat Quarterback, he is more than capable of tucking-and-running when this is required. Whilst it is rare to say there isn’t much flows in such a young QB, there isn’t a lot to pick holes in with Ewers so far. Obviously he is taking a big step up in the College ranks, but he has all the tools to make the transition seamlessly.
For me, Quinn Ewers cuts an intriguing figure. Behind all the media buzz, and luscious locks, lies a very talented young Quarterback. He appears to have all the tools required to make a big splash at the collegiate level, and beyond. He is certainly someone to keep an eye on and I wouldn’t be surprised if we are hearing about him all the way until he is draft eligible, just like we did with Trevor Lawrence.