No “Pomp and Circumstance” for Quinn Ewers.
Ewers is the next big thing in college quarterbacking, with the blond-mulleted dynamo from Texas heading to Ohio State for the 2021 season after a much publicized recruiting process over the last few years.
There’s a twist, though: Ewers is forgoing his senior season in high school for early enrollment Ohio State, which opened some eyes. On Monday, Ewers, who graduated from Southlake Carroll in three years, explained his decision to skip out on his last year in high school and start his college football career.
Citing the NIL (Name, Image and Likeness) laws among reasons to enroll early and get his college career started:
Ewers’ full statement:
Over the past few weeks, following Texas’ UIL informing me 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. It’s unfortunate I’ve found myself in this situation, as my preference 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 my 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. I am eager to start learning from Coach Day and the rest of the coaching staff.
I understand many will have their opinions on this matter. But only my loved ones and I know what’s truly best for me and my future. This is not a decision I have made without a lot of thought.
To my fellow Carroll Dragons: I will cherish the memories we made together. Although I won’t be there on the field with you this year, I will be rooting for you. You’re my teammates now and forever. Go get that state championship!
To my family, friends and everyone who has provided their unconditional support, I will strive to make you all proud in the future.
NIL laws put into place across the nation give athletes the power to profit off of their, well, name, image and likeness, shifting the landscape in college sports to allow for something of an arms race for the nation’s best athletes.
Ewers cited his home state’s University Interscholastic League’s prohibition to allow him to profit off his talents and image as a reason to move on.
Ewers is a five-star recruit who was wooed by several college programs in recent years, eventually committing to the Longhorns in August 2020. He would later decommit from Texas and decide to join Ryan Day in Ohio for the 2022 college football season.
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