Every once in awhile, prospects come along that are defined as program changers, the kind of players that alter the entire trajectory of your program. The ones that get people talking about winning national championships.
The type of player a head coach can build his roster around, that becomes the face of your program the moment they step foot on campus. Think of guys like Vince Young, Cam Newton, and Tim Tebow. When recruiting like them come along things just feel different. They bring a totally different swagger to your team and make you feel like you win any game you are in.
That’s the kind of player I think 2022 Southlake Carroll pro-style quarterback Quinn Ewers is and Longhorns fans, he is coming to Austin.
The Texas Longhorns have landed an absolute difference-maker of a signal caller in Ewers. Not only is he a five-star quarterback, he is the top prospect nationally for the 2022 recruiting class and he is bringing his talents to Texas. He’s just the sixth player in the ranking history of 247Sports, a group that includes Young.
Officially, Ewers had 30 offers, with a final top group that included Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, and Oklahoma — in the recruitment a player with a currently perfect recruiting ranking, it should go without saying that Texas went head to head with some of the most successful programs in the country and came out on top.
It is hard to understate what landing Ewers means for the Longhorns program going forward. The quarterback room is loaded with talent already, but adding Ewers to the mix takes it to an absolutely different level. Sam Ehlinger is set to graduate after the coming season, and that will leave Casey Thompson, Hudson Card, Ja’Quinden Jackson, and eventually Jalen Milroe when he arrives on campus. How’s that for upgrading the position room?
The staff has done a magnificent job of upgrading the talent on the roster and have put themselves in position to compete at a high level for the foreseeable future.
“I love those guys over there at Texas. Coach (Mike) Yurcich and (Tom) Herman are awesome guys to talk to. We have a lot of fun and a lot of family down there. They’re easy to talk to,” Ewers told Rivals.
“Obviously, I talked to Coach Yurcich over at Ohio State and we built a relationship when he was at Ohio State, so coming to Texas made it easier for him and Coach Herman.”
Now new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has his first major recruiting coup since arriving in Austin and merely calling it major seems like a massive understatement — the relationship that Yurcich started building at Ohio State certainly helped.
Ewers is the second commitment for the Longhorns for the 2022 class joining Lancaster’s Phaizon Wilson. That is a great start for what could be a very talented recruiting class going forward.
I will have more analysis on what Texas is getting in the five star gunslinger in bit.