In a potential trend-setting move in college football’s new name, image and likeness era, five-star Ohio State commit Quinn Ewers is skipping his final year of high school and enrolling early with the Buckeyes with opportunities to profit off of his starpower as one of the nation’s top recruits.
Ewers is the top-ranked player in the 2022 class according to the 247Sports Composite, but will now be a member of the class of 2021. Citing a source, Bucknuts says that Ewers is already on Ohio State’s campus. Ewers released a statement Monday on social media to clear the air on his landmark decision.
“Over the past few weeks, following Texas’ UIL informing I would be prohibited from profiting off my own name, image and likeness, I’ve taken time to think about what lies ahead of me, both in the short- and long-term,” Ewers wrote, in part, in a message posted on Twitter.
“It’s unfortunate I’ve found myself in this situation, as my presence would have been to complete my senior season at Southlake Carroll along with the teammates and friends I’ve taken the field alongside for the past three years. However, following conversations with my family and those I know have best interests in mind, I’ve decided it’s time for me to enroll at Ohio State and begin my career as a Buckeye.
“This is not just a financial decision; this is about what is best for my football career. At 18, and with one final class about to be completed to earn my high-school degree, I feel it’s time to get the jump on my college career that is available to me.