Ewers announced his withdrawal from the Longhorns in a Twitter post. Ewers did not name any other college programs in the post, but 247Sports made a list of potential landing points for the five-star signal caller. The 247Sports crystal ball for Ewers has also started to evolve into a Big Ten program. Ewers thanked the head coach Tom Herman and the Longhorns for recruiting him:
“Recently, as I competed alongside my teammates in my junior season at Southlake Carroll, I also took the time to reflect on my future. Given the COVID-19 pandemic we are facing, this year has been difficult for students like myself, with the support of my family, I have tried to lead the recruitment process in the best possible way. As the process is abnormal this season, I have done my best to keep my mind open to all possibilities. However, the older I got the more I came to realize that I haven’t explored all of the options as fully as I would have liked. Therefore, I decided to disengage and reassess the situation before making such an important decision about my future. I thank the University of Texas for its confidence in me and my abilities. I understand that this has been such a difficult year for the coaches and administrators, so I appreciate their understanding and wish them the best for their future. My family and I too Thanks to the fans of Texas Longhorn were t heir interest. I will soon have a firm decision on where I will spend the next formative years of my life and career and I look forward to sharing this with you. ”
One of the best quarterbacks to come out of the state of Texas, Ewers drew comparisons to the likes of Clemson. Trevor Lawrence, No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and former pick in the first round draft and Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers. The latter is who is the 247Sports recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks compared Ewers to when filing his in-person review:
“Prototype framework for elite QB prospects. Good height with a slim and athletic build that will hold more volume. Dynamic and natural playmaker in QB position. Shows an impressive ability to stand upright in the pocket, in addition to tremendous extra instincts. Vary arm angles as needed. Huge production in second year for Texas 6A Perpetual Horsepower. Accuracy backed by 2019 completion percentage (72.4) and staggering TD-INT ratio (45-3) against exceptional competition compared to high school level. Excellent touch of timing course and throws in the red zone. Good sneaky speed that allows him to get the ball through midfield and out of numbers. Shows the arm strength required downstream in the vertical passing game. Athletic enough to regularly extend games to find receivers and also be dangerous on designed tracks. Regular and repeated delivery, but can speed it up. Athletics lacks testing or track context. Elite QB among the country’s top prospects for 2022, regardless of their position. High-level projects with long-term cap of the first round NFL Draft. ”
Texas once seemed to build a decent quarterback room to match what everyone in the country could brag about, but Herman and the offensive coordinator’s plans Mike Yurcich have exploded in recent months with regard to the future. After Ewers pledged to the Longhorns, they lost the 2021 four-star quarterback’s pledge Jalen Milroe of Katy Tompkins with the No.4-ranked double-threat quarterback and No.83 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite swinging to the head coach Nick Saban et Alabama.
Texas has four-star outlook for 2020 Carte Hudson and Ja’Quinden Jackson on campus and the Longhorns secured an engagement from Austin High’s Charles Wright, who plan to register on Forty Acres in January. Unless Sam Ehlinger decides to take advantage of NCAA freeze eligibility for the 2020 season by returning to Texas for another season, the Longhorns will head into the 2021 season with Card, Jackson, Wright and redshirt in sophomore year Casey Thompson in the quarter room and no commitment in the 2022 cycle.
Without Ewers, Texas is reduced to two verbal engagements in the 2022 class, ranked 11th nationally by 247Sports. The Longhorns have a commitment on the offensive end of the ball (four-star wide receiver Lancaster Phaizon Wilson, ranked 206th in 247Sports Composite) and one in defense (four-star cornerback Port Arthur Memorial Jaylon Guilbeau, No. 145 in the 247Sports Composite).