Ewers narrowed his decision down to Texas and Texas Tech in the final days and visited Austin, Texas, on Saturday. The Longhorns put together a massive recruiting day for Ewers and five-star offensive lineman Kelvin Banks, who flipped from Oregon to Texas after the Ducks' coaching change.
Ewers was previously committed to Texas under previous coach Tom Herman. However, he decommitted in October 2020 and flipped to Ohio State weeks later, a move that proved to be a preamble to the end of the Herman tenure at Texas.
The acquisition is a significant development for Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian, who struggled to the worst season by a first-year coach at UT since Dana X. Bible in 1937. Texas went 5-7 and lost six games in a row for the first time since 1956.
The Longhorns rotated quarterbacks Casey Thompson and Hudson Card, but both struggled to build much consistency. Thompson and Card combined for 2,705 yards passing, 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Card started the opener, but Thompson started most of the season despite suffering a thumb injury in the middle of the season.
Ewers was originally a recruit in the Class of 2022, but graduated early from Southlake (Texas) Carroll to enroll early at Ohio State and take advantage of NIL opportunities. He played just two snaps after joining the Buckeyes in August. Ewers announced his transfer after one season on Dec. 3. He led Carroll to the 6A Division I State Championship Game in 2020.