According to the TOP247 player rankings of the 2021 recruiting class on 247sports.com, the Ohio State Buckeyes will have six of the top eleven high school players in the country on campus when fall camp starts this month. Two of those top players are from Texas.
QB Quinn Ewers
Quinn Ewers is a 6-3, 206-pound quarterback out of Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, TX. He is the #1 player in the 2021 class. Ewers decided to skip his senior year of high school and move on to Ohio State to take advantage of the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) policies. These policies would not have been accessible to him under Texas UIL rules.
And, to get ahead of the learning curve on head coach Ryan Day’s offense.
In 2020, he led the Dragons to the 6A-Div. 1 State Championship Game, where they lost to Austin Westlake 52-34. Ewers threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns, but did throw two interceptions and was sacked three times.
Ewers was also a finalist at the 2021 Elite 11 Quarterback Competition.
With the departure of Justin Fields to the NFL, Ewers enters what appears to be a wide-open quarterback competition with redshirt freshmen C.J. Stroud, Jack Miller, and fellow true freshman Kyle McCord.
OL Donovan Jackson
Donovan Jackson is a 6-4, a 308-pound offensive lineman out of Episcopal High School in Houston, TX. He is the #1 ranked offensive lineman and the #7 player overall in the 2021 class. Jackson was limited to just six games his senior season. He was named the offensive line MVP of The Opening as a sophomore.
Jackson has a measured wingspan of seven feet and has 36-inch arms. He is a two-sport star: football and track & field (52-3 ½ feet in the shotput and 165-0 feet in the discus throw).
Make no mistake, Ohio State is one of the elite programs in the country. And the rich keep getting richer.