QB Quinn Ewers
This offseason Texas received a huge commitment out of the transfer portal in QB Quinn Ewers. Quinn Ewers was the second 1.000 rated recruit in the history of modern recruiting. He initially committed to Texas and Coach Tom Herman, but backed out and headed to Ryan Day at Ohio State. He then reclassified and got on campus in what should have been his senior year of high school. Quinn didn’t play but a couple snaps at OSU, and he never threw a pass. So what does Quinn bring to the table and why was he so heralded in high school?
High School and Recruiting:
Quinn Ewers is listed at 6’2” 206 pounds out of Southlake, TX. He played his high school football at Southlake Carroll where he lit the state on fire. His career high school totals are 6,445 yards, 73 TDs, and just 8 INTs. He also added 700 yards and 12 TDs on the ground. Ewers was unstoppable at the 6A level, in Texas. As mentioned before, he was a perfect rated recruit, and every school in America wanted him on their campus. I remember where I was the second he committed to Texas the first time. He was the prized jewel of his class, and he finally ended up right where he belonged the whole time.
On Field Skills:
Ewers is known for having a rocket arm. There are multiple videos of him laying it out 70 yards with little effort. He showed on tape in high school that he has the ability to drop his arm and throw from every angle. Something very helpful for throwing on the run, and getting the ball worked around DL in the short passing game. Ewers has first round NFL arm talent, and has had it since his name first became relevant when he was 16 years old. Steve Sarkisian has a plethora of first round QBs on his resume, and Ewers looks to be the next in line.
One of the other things I noticed when watching Quinn was his subtle athleticism. He is never going to obliterate someone in the run game, but he is capable of escaping and picking up an occasional big gain. He is athletic enough to where it’s something a coach has to keep in the back of his mind, and Quinn’s arm is so fantastic that it will make coaches forget. Quinn won’t go out and have a ten rushing TD season, but if he manages six or seven I will not be shocked.
Outlook for Texas in 2022:
A QB could not be more blessed with a better group of WRs than the ones at UT right now. Headlined by Xavier Worthy, tune back in in a few days for a profile on him, this WR corps is 4 deep with immense talent, and about 8 deep in playable talent. Last year a worse group of WRs was running wide open all the time, just to be missed by Hudson Card or Casey Thompson. The best part about the team around Quinn is the guy lined up next to or behind him. The offense runs through Bijan Robinson, and he is what allows the play action game to open up WRs for those big gains. All Quinn has to do is hit the throws that were missed last year. He proved he could do it in the spring game with a bomb to Isaiah Neyor.
It is always hard to project a player’s career, especially when they’ve never thrown a pass in college. However, it is my belief that Quinn Ewers will start this season and next season for Texas. Then he will be off to the 2024 NFL Draft, just in time to be selected either #1 or #2 overall. Depending on how Lincoln Riley does with Caleb Williams. Quinn is the stereotypical modern day franchise QB. He has a huge arm, all the arm angles, can throw on the move, and can scramble enough to survive. I project Quinn to be a great QB for Texas, and relay that into a long and successful NFL career.
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