Columbus is going to gain another Texan on Saturday as highly-touted quarterback Quinn Ewers will finally be arriving on the Ohio State campus, ready for classes and practice.
The good news, however, is that there are no classes yet, though practicing will have to wait until next week.
Ewers — the top player in the 2022 recruiting class — reclassified recently to the 2021 class and had to finish up with an online course in order to have the necessary credits to graduate. With those credits now all accounted for, the former Southlake Carroll quarterback is about to be a Buckeye.
Ewers won’t arrive in time to watch Saturday’s morning’s Ohio State scrimmage, but that’s okay because there isn’t really any hurry going on.
Yes, Ewers may have hurried things up by enrolling a year earlier than expected, but right now the plan is to ease into things with quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis and head coach Ryan Day.
Speaking with Buckeye Scoop’s Kirk Barton during Barton’s ‘Scoop World Order’ podcast, Ewers laid out the plan when he arrives.
“Coach Dennis was saying that he was going to take it slow and not throw the whole playbook at me so that I’m not bombarded with all of these plays,” Ewers said.
Even though things will start slowly, Ewers enrolled early so that he can get acclimated to the school work and get the playbook down because once those two things happen, it will lead to bigger and better opportunities.
One of the other reasons Ewers decided to enroll early was so that he could take advantage of the NCAA’s new name, image, and likeness rules. Ewers signed a promotional deal with probiotic drink company Holy Kombucha. One of the reasons he aligned himself with Holy Kombucha is because they support Hope Squad, which goes into schools to raise awareness about teen and pre-teen suicides.
“Holy Beverages, I really like what they do. They’re not just about promoting their drink,” he said. “They support what’s called ‘Hope Squad.’ Hope Squad is inside schools and wherever Hope Squad is, suicides have gone down tremendously. I like doing stuff like that and I just feel like it’s a good partnership.”
Sometimes Plans Change
Quinn Ewers was supposed to arrive in January of 2022 and compete for the Ohio State starting job next year. He would have been competing with third-year quarterbacks CJ Stroud and Jack Miller, as well as second-year quarterback Kyle McCord.
Instead, Ryan Day’s quarterback room is going to have four scholarship quarterbacks, all with at least four years of eligibility remaining.
While Ewers’ enrollment plans changed, his mentality hasn’t.
“Come in and compete,” Ewers said of his immediate plans as a Buckeye. “Just me trying to be the best teammate I can be. Hardest worker I can be. I try to live off of those three things — hard worker, good teammate, and just compete. At the end of the day, if you do those three things you’ll gain some respect and everything will kind of fall into place for sure.”
Ewers isn’t under any illusions as to his role or requirements this season, but that’s not going to stop him from working every day to open his coaches’ eyes. Especially when Ewers has been looking so forward to being a part of Day’s offense.
“I’m just really intrigued by the stuff they do on the offensive side of the ball,” he said. “They know how to win football games. They’ve played in national championships. They’ve been there. And I just wanted to be part of a program that is such a high-level program like Ohio State.”
Soon Ewers will be buried in the playbook and the film room, which is precisely where he wants to be.
“The more you study, the easier the game will be, so I try to make the game as easy as possible,” he said. “I try to watch as much as I can. It just ends up being like, ‘Oh, he’s doing this, I saw this on film.’ It just makes everything so much easier. You’ve got to make the game as easy as it gets.”
As for his message to the Buckeye fans who have been clamoring for his arrival, he’s just as eager to see you as you are to see him.
“I’m excited to get up there,” Ewers said. “I’m excited to see all y’all.”
Buckeye fans, meanwhile, are saying “Right back at ya.”