Drop. The. Mic.
To the fans who were slightly disappointed by Texas’s 2021 class, in particular about losing the Brockermeyer twins to Alabama, fear no more. Texas just responded in a colossal manner by landing the nation’s top player, Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers, for its class of 2022.
At the end of July, Texas landed its first 2022 commitment when Lancaster speedy wide receiver, Phaizon Wilson announced his intention to play at Texas. Two weeks later, we now know who will be throwing the four-star wide receiver deep balls at some point on the 40 Acres.
If you don’t know the name ‘Quinn Ewers’ get ready. The gunslinger is preparing for his junior season at powerhouse Carroll. Prior to this season, the 6’3 signal-caller has already established himself as the best prospect in the nation for 2022. Via the 247Sports Composite, he holds a perfect 1.0000 rating, something that only five others have done, including former Texas quarterback Vince Young. It goes without saying that via those rankings, Ewers is the best player in Texas, the best player at his position, and the best player in the country for 2022.
As a sophomore, Ewers was named the District 5-6A overall MVP. He led Carroll to an impressive 13-1 record and a state quarterfinals appearance in the UIL 6A D1 playoffs. The Dragons would fall short to powerhouse Duncanville and Texas QB commit Ja’Quinden Jackson.
The blonde mullet sporting quarterback threw for 4,003 yards, with 45 touchdowns to just three interceptions in 14 games. Ewers also completed over 72% of his passes while averaging nearly 10 yards an attempt. He also ran for 568 yards and nine touchdowns to cap off his astonishing season.
The news comes as a huge and unexpected shock, but Quinn Ewers is coming to Austin.
Name: Quinn Ewers
High School: Southlake Carroll
City, State: Southlake, TX
Film (via Devon Messinger, HornSports):
Three Best Strengths:
Size – Ewers still has two years left at Carroll. He already stands at 6’3 and weighs upwards of 200 pounds. He looks like the lone varsity player playing against JV kids at times, due to his pure size. With this size, Ewers can stay back in the pocket and even with pressure all around him, has the composure to hang tight and rip it down the field. He also ran for nearly 600 yards, and at 200 pounds, it’s tough to bring him down. Good luck getting sacks on this him, let alone stopping him from moving around for a first down
Arm – Earlier this year, a viral video came out showing Ewers launching the ball 73 yards in the air. That’s already within the realm of a Josh Allen or a Patrick Mahomes in terms of arm strength. To go with the cannon he has, Ewers also completes passes 72.4% of the time. He’s not just checking down either as he averaged nearly 14 yards a completion. He’s a guy who if you give him time, can make your defense look silly. Even if you manage to get a rusher on him, he can throw the ball easily 50-plus yards on the dot while on the run.
Clutch factor – Ewers saved his best football for the playoffs. That’s what you want to see in a quarterback. When all the chips are pushed to the center of the table, will he rise to the occasion? The answer is a resounding yes. Ewers plays like he has a royal flush at all times. In his four playoff games last season, the star quarterback shined like a star blazing down to the Earth. He completed 87 of his 123 passes, a completion percentage of 70.7%. He threw 17 touchdowns and no interceptions. Ewers even ran for 131 more yards with a pair of touchdowns. He averaged nearly five total touchdowns per game in the playoffs. You can’t ask for much more from your quarterback in those moments.
Areas for Improvement:
Experience – Ewers has only played in 14 career games. Despite all his success as just a sophomore, can he keep it up? The odds tell us yes, he will. We won’t know for sure unless he gets more and more reps in the next few years.
Athleticism – If there had to be another thing Ewers can work on it would be his athleticism and speed. He has enough to make it even at the next level, but if he can go from Trevor Lawrence speed to Kyler Murray speed, then you truly have an unstoppable force at the quarterback position.
With the commitment of Ewers, Texas is getting everything you could need in a quarterback prospect. A big, strong, kid who is already playing better than everyone else when he’s multiple years younger than some of the best in the country. Hi accuracy is impeccable, and he has an arm that can already throw it 70-plus yards downfield. Ewers is going to get a lot of comparisons to Clemson quarterback, Trevor Lawrence. Those comparisons are apt. His sophomore numbers are even slightly better than Lawrence’s (3,655 yards, 43 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 64% completion percentage) and, he has the long blonde hair to show for it as well.
What a recruiting win Texas football. Eighteen years after landing the best quarterback prospect of all time via the 247Sports Composite in Vince Young, Texas does it again. The quarterback room at the Forty Acres is truly stacked now. The Longhorns now have 4 four-star and higher quarterbacks in classes 2020-2022. With this commitment, Texas looks to make a statement about finishing second to other teams in the Big 12. Ewers and Wilson are about as perfect of a start to a class as you can get. The 2022 class should have an ‘Ewers effect’ as well. Who wouldn’t want to play with the best quarterback in the country?
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