Quinn Ewers shocked the college football world earlier this month, when he announced that he would forego his senior year of high school and enroll early at Ohio State. Since then, he’s headed to Columbus, signed up for classes and joined the Buckeyes football team.
Ewers is one of the highest-rated prospects in recent memory, so naturally his decision to leave high school a year early was a heavy topic of conversation. The latest major personality to weigh in on the move is ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.
The long-time college football analyst said that he understands Ewers’ decision but wishes that he had stayed for his senior year of high school. He talked about how he’s never seen a generation in “such a rush to get to the NFL” and that the new Ohio State quarterback seems to be a part of that group.
Here’s Herbstreit’s full answer to a question about Ewers from Daniel Canova of FOX:
“That’s garbage. In Quinn’s case, the state of Texas wouldn’t allow him to do name, image, and likeness as a high school player. I don’t think he was jonesing to get out of his senior year. I think it was more about having some huge opportunities… I’m guessing these states are going to have to catch up on the new rules and laws that are out there… I’ve never seen a generation of kids in such a rush to get to the NFL. And what’s funny is, every NFL player you talk to, they’re all dreaming of just going back one more game to play for their college. And these college kids are trying to sprint in three years to get to the NFL and they are missing out on so much as far as what the college game has to offer them… These guys are making money in the NFL, but they come back to college and they are like gods for the rest of their lives no matter what their NFL careers do. They will always be able to go back to their schools because of the roots that they created and the relationships they created, and they will always be looked at and appreciated for the players and the people most importantly that they are. And I think too many guys are just in a rush to not meet people and not build those relationships.
“With Quinn, I understand it. I guess logically he has opportunities and the state wouldn’t allow it. But man, don’t skip your senior year. It’s like one of the best years of your life. And you don’t want to bail on your senior year and leave your buddies. It’s hard enough to leave them after your senior year, let alone leaving them after your junior year.
“The second that athletes think that they are bigger than the brand, is the second that they get replaced by the next hot-shot five-star player. I just think the players need to have perspective on who they are, be appreciative, be humble… If you’re going to max out and make some money, go for it. I think it’s great. But chill. Enjoy the experience. Two percent of these dudes make it to the NFL. So you’re talking about 98% of college football players, don’t step onto an NFL field. And we’re acting as if 98% of them, make it to the NFL, and 2% don’t… Go do what you need to do with your name, image, and likeness, but in the meantime, let’s learn a little bit about life. So when you’re done with football, you can be successful in life, and not just shooting all of your eggs in one basket.”
FULL STORY: Had a blast talking to @KirkHerbstreit on Monday! We discussed his new book “Out of the Pocket”, the upcoming college football season, and the newest crop of NFL QBs. Here’s the full Q&A:https://t.co/HKxWvQ41Kz
— Dan Canova (@DanCanova) August 25, 2021
Herbstreit is one of the most influential voices in college football, so his thoughts on this topic are fascinating to hear. Obviously, he understands why Ewers made the decision to make the leap to Ohio State, but clearly hopes that it doesn’t become the norm.
With the recent changes in the NCAA, more players will likely follow in Ewers’ footsteps in the next few years.
Herbstreit’s full Q&A with FOX Sports can be found here.
The post Kirk Herbstreit Reacts To Quinn Ewers’ Ohio State Decision appeared first on The Spun.