Quinn Ewers
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Quinn Ewers: Will The #1 QB Recruit Forego His Senior Season?

The new NIL rules are in full effect, and the number one quarterback recruit in high school football, Quinn Ewers, is leaning towards skipping his senior season at Southlake Carrol High School to enroll early at Ohio State. In an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Ewers said he has pondered the idea of skipping the season but has not yet made an official decision.

“I don’t really know, I don’t have a final decision made quite yet,” Ewers said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “I’m leaning toward leaving and going up to Ohio, just so I don’t have to deal with UIL stuff and can get comfortable with Ohio and Columbus and start to learn. If I enroll at Ohio State, obviously I’d be able to make money off the deals, and I feel like it’d be a big advantage of learning the playbook and getting comfortable with the campus and all my teammates. But if I stay and don’t get paid, I may be able to win a state title.”

via Yahoo Sports

This decision comes right after NIL rules were put in place that made it legal for college athletes to make a profit off their names and likenesses. However, the rule has not been established for high school students in the state of Texas, where Ewers is from. The five-star recruit has been approached with a number of deals including Holy Kombucha, who offered him cash and equity in the company, but the Texas University Interscholastic League informed Ewers and his family that any attempts to make money off his name, image, and likeness would be in violation of their guidelines.

If Ewers does decide to forego his senior season, this could be the start of a monumental change in high school and college athletics. Ewers is in good academic standing and only has to take one core English class to be eligible for Ohio State’s 2021 season. If he decides to attend Ohio State, Ewers would have a shot at the starting position, as none of the Buckeyes’ quarterbacks have thrown a collegiate pass.

Honestly, I would like to see Ewers forego his senior year. He is regarded as the best high school QB in the country and has nothing to prove to other colleges. I really just want to see the snowball effect this decision has and what it does to high school athletics moving forward.

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