Quinn Ewers's Reclassification Could Have Some Slight Consequences For Buckeye Fans
Somehow, Ohio State's 2021 recruiting class got even stronger when top 2022 quarterback, Quinn Ewers, decided to skip his senior year of high school at Southlake Carroll (TX) and reclassify himself into the 2021 class. This will make him a Buckeye one year earlier than was expected.
At the surface, this is exciting news as Ohio State already landed the No. 1 recruit in the 2021 class when J.T. Tuimoloau committed to the team on July 4. After Ewers's decision to come to Columbus a year early, he instantly became the new No. 1 recruit of the 2021 class.
For those keeping score at home, Ohio State landed the top 2021 prospect twice, which I bet has never happened before.
However, this could have some potential repercussions for Ohio State fans.
The Repercussions: His NFL Future
First of all, Ewers is already a top NFL prospect, much like Trevor Lawrence was when he first came to Clemson. If Ewers doesn't win the starting job, which he has a little under a month to do, we are wasting a year of his eligibility and could shorten his Ohio State career by one year.
Obviously, it is a good thing for Ewers as he will be able to benefit from the new NIL laws and have a full season of practice reps and learning the playbook. But, let's say that he does get the starting job in 2022 after redshirting his freshman year. He can now leave after his Sophomore year (or junior year if he doesn't go the redshirt route) and we lose a year of Ewers being the starting quarterback.
Now, I am aware that makes me and Ohio State fans sound selfish, but that is just a fact. Ewers is that special to where we are already discussing his NFL future.
Someone's Gonna Transfer
Ewers coming a year early also adds a stick of dynamite into a quarterback room that was already up in the air. While C.J. Stroud was the presumed starter as he took the majority of the first-team reps in the spring and summer, the Buckeyes also had the option of two other highly-touted recruits in Jack Miller and Kyle McCord.
It is pretty inevitable that one of these guys will transfer when they don't win the starting job. Adding the best quarterback prospect since Justin Fields and/or Lawrence further cements that.
End of the day? Ewers is worth it.
While this is a no-brainer for Ewers, it comes at a price, albeit, a fairly small price in the grand scheme of things. Ohio State is always going to get the top recruits, that's just the reality we live in today. So while Ohio State now has no quarterback commits for the 2022 class, the current quarterback room is so talented and young that they can afford to sit out the 2022 quarterback recruiting race and get their guy in 2023.
At the end of the day, it is exciting to have a highly sought-after quarterback recruit on your team. With or without Ewers, Ohio State has national championship expectations. Ewers will make those expectations higher, but he is so talented that not winning a championship with him taking the snaps should be considered a massive failure.
If adding a talent like Ewers means we will lose a year of his Ohio State career, it is well worth it.
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