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EWERS to TEXAS: Nation’s top 2022 prospect commits to UT

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It happened.

Southlake Carroll five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers verbally committed to Texas on Friday. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior gunslinger chose the Longhorns over 29 other offers including Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Auburn.

“Been my dream for as long as I can remember,” Ewers told Inside Texas’ Gerry Hamilton.

It had been 20 years, but the Longhorns have another No. 1 prospect committed. Houston Madison five-star Vince Young was the nation’s top overall prospect in the Class of 2002. Ewers is the nation’s top overall prospect in the Class of 2022 as ranked by 247Sports, ESPN, and the 247Sports composite.

Ewers’ relationship with Texas offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich was a big factor, along with growing up a Texas football fan. In 2019, He was named the MaxPreps National Sophomore of the Year, UIL District 5-6A MVP, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Male Athlete of the Year, and helped Southlake Carroll to a 13-1 record on the way to an UIL 6A Division I state quarterfinal appearance.

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His sophomore stats are ridiculous with 4,003 passing yards, a 72 percent completion percentage, and 45 touchdowns to just three INTs. Tack on 568 yards rushing with nine more trips to the end zone.

“For Texas, I really like Coach (Mike) Yurcich a lot, and I love talking to (Tom) Herman and Yurcich,” Ewers told Inside Texas recently. “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.”

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Ewers is the sort of quarterback you carefully plan your program and strategy around. He’s a Trevor Lawrence caliber, day one starter most anywhere he goes. Like Lawrence, he has size at 6-foot-3 and a cannon arm that can make any throw on the field. Part of what makes him so deadly is that unlike the vast majority of strong-armed young passers, he can make anticipation throws rather than waiting to see a route break open. Most kids with big arms will wait to see the route get open and then rely on arm strength to hit the window or throw their guy open deep. Ewers can get the ball out quickly and on time by throwing with anticipation of the route breaks. He’s accurate too, of course, and has some mobility.

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Ewers is a pro-style prospect that you have to expect will be a “three and out” college player. To make the most of that time, you want to have a system and roster in place to execute some pro-style schemes. That means good play-action that takes advantage of his ability to throw open a double move and a drop back passing game that can allow him to fling the ball around 40 times or so as needed to win a big game. Texas has some of each, the Mike Yurcich hire was a big one for transitioning Texas toward making better use of the deep ball.

Coach says

Strengths: Great height and frame to grow into a college/NFL QB. Has a smooth takeaway with good ball carriage, good balance and smooth footwork. Eyes are always downfield even under pressure and senses the rush remarkably well. Steps up into the rush to deliver the ball. Resets feet quickly and routinely. Establishes a balanced base. Delivers the ball with good upper and lower body synchronization. Arm angle generally overhand but will vary it as needed. Delivers a catchable ball with great anticipation of the route. Placement is excellent and can summon a little extra to make the off balance throw down the field. Has plenty of arm strength to hit all of the throws and has some real lasers on film. Nuanced manipulation of the defense is readily evident on his film. Knows his escape routes and has enough athleticism to extend the play.  Remarkably productive player who protects the football. Good showing against better opponents. Offense has diversity of formation and routes. A lot of vertical throws.

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Areas for Improvement / Concern: While athleticism is functional, he will need to learn how to finish runs as a QB to maintain safety.  Not sure how effective he’ll be as a runner in college. Will elongate the throwing motion at times. Sometimes looks like he is trying to guide the short throw rather than just letting it rip with the same fluid delivery that he makes his downfield throws with.

Gerry Hamilton on Quinn Ewers

When I left Southlake Carroll High last year in early October, I called long time friend Kevin Murray and told him I just watched the best natural passer of the football since I saw Kyler Murray at the same age. That’s not just in the state of Texas, but nationally after going to many national camps, events and all-star games. That’s not a knock at all on elite talents such as Trevor Lawrence and others seen in between, but just how impressed I was with Ewers. 

It’s effortless accuracy, arm strength to make every throw asked and required, natural understanding of changing ball speeds, feet and body under control, natural balance and weight shift, doing it all with a compact and quick release and a confidence in the talent he possesses. 

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Then in speaking with head coach Riley Dodge at length, it’s the calmness/poise he plays with, the football film junkie that he is and the likelihood of Ewers maximizing his talent that stamped my opinion on him.

Ewers is the second commitment for UT’s Class of 2022, joining Phazion “New York” Wilson (Lancaster – WR).