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Quarterback Quinn Ewers intends to transfer from Ohio State

A source confirmed the reports to 3News Friday evening. Ewers was a top-ranked quarterback.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Quarterback Quinn Ewers intends to enter the transfer portal and leave Ohio State, sources confirmed to both 3News in Cleveland and 10TV in Columbus.

According to Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel, Ewers is expected to look at transferring to Texas, Texas A&M or Texas Tech. The 18-year-old decided to forego his senior year of high school in Texas and enrolled at OSU earlier this past August.

As of Friday, the university said Ewers has not entered the transfer portal yet but the process has been started. He reportedly signed a name, image and likeness deal worth $1.4 million earlier this year, according to ESPN.

Ewers was the top-ranked quarterback in the 2022 class until he decided to skip his senior year of high school. According to reports, the decision was based on Texas rules that prohibit high school athletes from earning money from endorsements and sponsorships. The NCAA in July adopted rules for athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness. 

During his high school career at Southlake Carroll High School, Ewers had thrown for 73 touchdowns and 6,445 yards in his two seasons as a starter. After re-classifying in the summer, he was penciled in at fourth on the depth chart, with redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud earning the QB1 spot.

In 11 starts, Stroud went 9-2 and completed 71% of his passes for 3,862 yards and 38 touchdowns, earning Big Ten Freshman, Quarterback, and Offensive Player of the Year honors in the process. True freshman Kyle McCord also started against Akron when Stroud was injured, and fellow redshirt Jack Miller III also saw time. Ewers, meanwhile, took just two snaps in a Week 12 win over Michigan State and did not attempt a pass.

Ewers is the second quarterback to recently make plans to leave Ohio State, with Miller announcing last month he also is going to transfer to a new school. Miller was suspended from the team last month following an OVI charge that was later reduced to reckless operation.

With Stroud firmly entrenched as the starting QB and McCord as his backup, 2022 prospect Devin Smith is also set to join the group next season. The Utah native committed to the Buckeyes this week after throwing for 4,881 yards and 57 touchdowns for Corner Canyon High School.

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