Another day, more Texas turmoil.
Late Wednesday night, the University of Texas Longhorns’ football program was shaken with perhaps one of the most damaging events in a turmoil-filled autumn: the decommitment of 2022 quarterback Quinn Ewers.
Ewers, the nation’s top-ranked quarterback and overall No. 1 player according to 247Sports in the ’22 class, as well as the composite No. 2 overall and No. 1 quarterback, posted to Twitter that he was decommitting from the Longhorns.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound star from renowned Texas prep powerhouse Southlake Carroll even alluded to the struggles of this year in a gracious post that formalized the reopening of his recruitment as he thanked Horns coach Tom Herman & Co. for their support.
The school has seen a very public battle emerge over the fight song and also intensified scrutiny for the football program’s on-field struggles and recruiting misfires.
“I would like to thank the University of Texas for their belief in me and my abilities,” Ewers said in the post. “I understand this year has been challenging for the coaches and administrators as well, so I appreciate their understanding and wish them the best in the future.”
Offered by virtually every major program in the nation, Ewers has reemerged as a primary target for both the Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes.
A year ago, Ewers threw for more than 4,000 yards, 45 touchdowns and just three interceptions at Southlake Carroll. Thus far in his prep career, Ewers has thrown for 4,940 yards, 56 touchdowns and just five picks.
Ewers’ verbal defection continues a troubling trend of late for the Herman-led Horns program, which enjoyed strong recruiting classes ranked consensus Top 10 in his first three classes in Austin. The Horns saw the nation’s top-ranked offensive tackle in the 2021 class, Tommy Brockermeyer, commit to Nick Saban and Alabama. Brockermeyer’s parents met in college at Texas, and both his father and grandfather played for the Horns. His brother, Luke Brockermeyer, is a sophomore linebacker for the Horns. Also recently four-star prospect Billy Bowman reopened his recruitment, with it perceived the Oklahoma Sooners have the lead now to gain Bowman’s services.
The Longhorns, ranked in the top 10 nationally in the preseason, have fallen out of the AP Top 25 after back-to-back losses to both Texas Christian University and heated rival Oklahoma earlier this season.
Now 3-2 after a win last week against Baylor, the Horns next face No. 6 Oklahoma State Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Thursday update> Things….are not getting better.
One of Texas's two remaining 2022 commits tweeted "I have a lot of thinking to do!!" following Quinn Ewers' decommitment last night, and now the other decommits.
The Longhorn brand — at least among recruits — is crumbling before our eyes. https://t.co/EKIlgkeesY
— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) October 29, 2020