That is the question now that Arch Manning, the number one player in the 2023 class, is committed to heading to Texas on Thursday. Of course, the Longhorns already have Quinn Ewers, the number one player in the 2021 class, on the list.
With the transfer portal becoming an increasingly popular destination for quarterbacks, will it be possible for Texans to retain all of their QBs into next season and beyond? In other words, what happens to Erez now?
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Who is Queen Ewers?
Ewers was a five-star recruit from Southlake Carroll in Texas. He received a rating of 0.9999 in the 247Sports.com rankings and was the #1 recruit in the 2022 class. The only other player to have a high rating up to that point was Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.
However, Ewers was reclassified to the 2021 class to take advantage of name, image and similarity opportunities. Ewers attended Ohio State before fall camp.
Ewers moved to Texas
Ewers played in only one game for the Buckeyes last season, and he delivered twice with the game in hand. After the season ended, Ewers returned to his home country of Texas.
The returning Ewers and Hudson Card are battling to get their start on the mission in 2022. Card and Ewers have had their moments in the spring match, and the winner will be the controlling attack featuring playmakers running back Bijan Robinson and Xavier Worthy. . Longhorns have the potential to get 40 points per match with the right quarterback at the controls if the offensive line improves.
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Help the Ewers recruit Manning
Georgia, Texas and Alabama were the frontrunners to win Manning. Manning made his official visit to all three schools this summer, with Texas being his last trip on June 18. Reportedly, Ewers and Manning joined the hip for much of the visit.
Now, Ewers and Manning, who have a perfect rating of 1.0000 according to 247Sports.com, will be on the same list in 2023.
Can they make this work?
What’s the best scenario for Ewers?
It’s hard to pass judgment of real value on Ewers knowing he hasn’t started in a college game yet. He needs to win the primary mission first, and matches to prove that come in the first half of the season.
On September 10, Texas hosts Alabama for the Big Nun Kekov match which is one of the must-watch matches of September. Of course, Red River Rivalry opens a new chapter on October 8th. Ewers’ performance in those games will be a barometer of what will happen once Manning makes it to campus.
If Ewers is announced, Texans could theoretically get him for two years as a start while Manning rests as a freshman. After all, it’s worth knowing Peyton is the only Manning to start as a freshman, and it wasn’t until after the first month of the season.
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Will Texas fans be patient with Manning on campus? It depends on the Ewers playing on the field in 2022. Spring soccer in Austin in 2023 could be very interesting.
Will the Ewers move again?
This possibility also exists. More than 20 Power 5 programs can have a start of a transfer this season, and the Ewers can always choose a second transfer.
Players are technically only allowed to make a one-time transfer with immediate eligibility, but there appears to be some doubt that the NCAA will enforce this if players apply for waivers. A tough season this fall and a strong spring by Manning will likely see the Ewers return to the gate in search of another starting opportunity.