If Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers is as he was advertised to be coming out of high school, he will likely be the starter when the Longhorns hit the field this fall. The question is whether that will be his only shot to start. Ewers, the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2021, will have company in Austin in 2023 in the form of Arch Manning, the No. 1 overall prospect in the current recruiting cycle. Manning committed to Texas on Thursday and, should his commitment hold, he represents a clear sign that second-year coach Steve Sarkisian won’t hand any position to any player on a silver platter.
What does that mean for Ewers?
The 6-foot-3, 206-pounder from Southlake, Texas, transferred to the Longhorns from Ohio State after just one season in Columbus. He only took two snaps with the Buckeyes, never threw a pass and the likelihood of him taking the spot from Heisman Trophy finalist C.J. Stroud this year was equal to that of a winter storm passing through Austin in July.
The easy answer is that Ewers will transfer again. That isn’t too outlandish considering he did it once. However, he won’t be able to receive immediate eligibility without a waiver unless he graduates since he already transferred once as an undergrad. It doesn’t seem like Ewers is interested in that as of now. In fact, Manning was “attached at the hip” with Ewers during Manning’s official visit earlier this month, according to 247Sports.
That’s not terribly surprising. Top-tier high school quarterbacks are typically dripping with confidence after all of the attention they receive prior to college. Ewers will likely relish the competition from Manning once the nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning arrives on campus.
That could change if he buckles under the Texas heat,…..