Top high school QB Quinn Ewers may skip senior year, start getting NIL money now

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In another sign that the NCAA allowing players to cash in on their names, images and likenesses will change the sport of football, the top high school quarterback in the country is considering leaving high school now rather than playing his senior season so that he can start making NIL money immediately.

Quinn Ewers, who is widely viewed as the best high school quarterback in the country, may not play his senior season at Southlake Carroll in suburban Dallas. Instead, he may go directly to Ohio State, where he can start making NIL money now. If he stayed in high school in Texas, the state’s rules would prevent him, as a high school athlete, from accepting any NIL money.

“I don’t really know, I don’t have a final decision made quite yet,” Ewers told Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. “I’m leaning toward leaving and going up to Ohio, just so I don’t have to deal with [Texas state regulation] stuff and can get comfortable with Ohio and Columbus and start to learn.”

Ewers only has to complete one more class to fulfill his high school graduation requirements, and he can take that class online. He could then enroll immediately at Ohio State and be eligible to play in the 2021 season. He had been planning to play in high school in 2021 and begin college in 2022, but the NIL money is tempting him to leave now.

“If I enroll at Ohio State, obviously I’d be able to make money off the deals, and I feel like it’d be a big advantage of learning the playbook and getting comfortable with the campus and all my teammates. But if I stay and don’t get paid, I may be able to win a state title,” Ewers said.

Enrolling at Ohio State this year would provide Ewers with another advantage: He could enter the NFL a year earlier. NFL rules require a player to be three years out of high school before he can enter the NFL draft. If Ewers goes to Ohio State this year, he would have the opportunity to turn pro as soon as the 2024 NFL draft. If he waits to go to Ohio State until next year, he couldn’t be drafted until 2025 at the earliest.

Ewers is the first high-profile player to consider a significant change to his career trajectory because of name, image and likeness opportunities. He surely won’t be the last.

11 responses to “Top high school QB Quinn Ewers may skip senior year, start getting NIL money now

  1. I wouldn’t want a player to not graduate from HS to go play in college.
    But if it’s just one more online class then go ahead.
    He can enter the NFL early if it pans out for him.
    If not he hopefully has a college degree.

  2. Go for it – might never have an opportunity to make some serious cash for nothing again.. not many QBs make it to the NFL

  3. I am all for Ewers and every other talented kid in this country earning money for themselves.

  4. He turned 18 in March of this year so he’s already older than I was when I and many others graduated high school. Seems kind of odd he’s still in high school, never played against 19 year olds when I was playing HS sports.

  5. I wouldn’t want to play for a coach that said, yeah who cares if he’s the QB, everyone else should get part of his money. Uh someone needs to fill in this hayseed thats not how the real world of sports works.

  6. My nephew is considering leaving his Pop Warner 12-and-under team for that sweet NIL money now.

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