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Recruiting: Nation’s top 2022 prospect, Quinn Ewers, and Texas continue to build

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When you’re the nation’s top ranked prospect for the class of 2022, the attention can be overwhelming at times. It is for most.

Not Quinn Ewers.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound signal-caller from Southlake Carroll takes it all in stride. When your first offer comes in sixth grade from North Texas, it can be difficult to stay grounded. When you impress the Ohio State staff during a camp in eighth grade, it’s normal to get caught up in the hype.

Not Ewers.

The five-star quarterback was named the MaxPreps National Sophomore of the Year in 2019, UIL District 5-6A MVP, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Male Athlete of the Year, and helped Southlake Carroll to a 13-1 record and an UIL 6A DI state quarterfinal appearance. When you rack up numbers like 4,003 yards through the air, a 72 percent completion percentage, 45 touchdowns to three INTs, and 568 yards on the ground with nine scores, the accolades rain down from above. Not bad for a guy going into his junior campaign at a powerhouse like Carroll.

But to hear Ewers tell it, you can see it hasn’t gone to his head. That humble mentality is just another data point in his favor.

“It’s just crazy,” said Ewers of his newfound popularity. “My buddies talked about it growing up, then reality hits, and it’s pretty exciting.”

With 29 offers including Texas, OU, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, and Georgia, this list is long and distinguished. And for good reason. At the moment, it appears UT, OU, and Ohio State are among his top schools. He dishes on each, starting with the school in Norman.

“With OU, it’s QB play, Lincoln Riley and the NFL Draft, good quarterback teacher, and crazy offensive atmosphere,” said Ewers.

Then over to Columbus.

“At Ohio State, I like Coach (Ryan) Day, Ohio State’s success, and they are a smart staff about the quarterback position,” Ewers said.

What about the Longhorns, a team on his mind since childhood?

“For Texas, I really like Coach (Mike) Yurcich a lot, and I love talking to (Tom) Herman and Yurcich,” Ewers said. “Both know the quarterback spot, and Yurcich uses a few things from his Ohio State days really well. I’ve always been a fan of the Horns.”

His head coach Riley Dodge, once a Texas verbal pledge, has seen some of the greats in this state over the years.

“Quinn has a lot of God-gifted abilities as a passer, but he’s always in balance,” Dodge said. “He’s an outstanding athlete, not just a thrower of the football. He is one of our leaders this upcoming year. We will be very young, but he has 14 games under his belt and is the captain of the ship.”

Ewers is effusive in the praise for his head coach.

“Coach Dodge is fantastic,” said Ewers. “He’ll throw during drills at times, and we’ll say ‘there’s the Gatorade POY.’ We tease him and he’s great about it.”

For 2020, it’s a season he’s eager to start with his teammates.

“My expectations are playing football, first,” said Ewers. “Five new offensive linemen, we need work, reps, and playing time, and I have all the faith in them.”

Ewers recently started training with Bobby Stroupe at APEC, which has facilities in Fort Worth and Tyler. Stroupe is known for training and developing some of the best athletes in the country, including helping mold Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes into the futuristic passing machine who just signed the largest contract in American sports history with the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Quinn has some unique gifts but he isn’t resting on them,” said Stroupe, APEC’s owner. “In addition to having a special arm he is a good multidirectional mover as well. I’ve seen a kid that is seeking improvement as an athlete and a quarterback. He is improving rapidly and his ceiling is very high.”

Ewers can already tell a difference and loves what Stroupe and APEC can offer.

“It’s just the way he makes me work my tail off and it works,” Ewers said. “It’s stuff you would never think about.”

He has no idea about his decision timeline. When you’re this ballyhooed, the scholarship offers aren’t going anywhere. He’ll have his pick of the country’s best through National Signing Day in 2022.

It must be nice at the top, but you’d never know it speaking with the humble five-star prospect. Remember, he’s just ready to go to work. He has some unfinished business that needs his full attention.

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