The Texas A&M football team was instantly involved in some of the biggest offseason news in college football thus far when Ohio State quarterback Quinn Ewers announced that he’d be transferring out of Columbus. The former top-overall prospect and highly-touted passer would be on the move and A&M was instantly thrown into the mix as a team that could land him — especially when you consider Zach Calzada’s departure from the team.
But that’s as far as the rumors went, as Ewers would eventually commit to play football at the University of Texas.
The question that I’m posing today, however, may not be what you’re expecting. That question is in regards to whether or not the Aggies dodged a bullet by missing out on Quinn Ewers.
So… did the Texas A&M football team miss out on Quinn Ewers or dodge a bullet?
The easy answer to make as a fan of a team that missed out on 2021’s top overall prospect is to say that they dodged a bullet — to an extent, that’s exactly the position that I’m in. I could sit here and tell you that I didn’t want Ewers in College Station but that would be a lie.
That said, Ewers seemingly comes with a handful of baggage.
The former Ohio State quarterback immediately made headlines after committing to Ohio State for earning over $1 million in an NIL deal. That would be the first and only headline for the entirety of his freshman season in Columbus. Some hypothesized that the former Buckeye only ever attended OSU so that he could earn more money — in short, he’s a bag chaser. Nothing wrong with that.
That said, college football has seen a handful of players who are not immediately concerned with football first. Look at guys like Tate Martell and Spencer Rattler, both of whom made more headlines off the field than on the field — both entered the transfer portal this offseason after failing to start at their respective schools.
With just a few snaps under his belt, it’s obviously way too early to compare Ewers to either of those guys. Still, if you’re looking for a positive twist, there it is.
The only correct take here at this present moment is to say that the Aggies missed out, even with a couple of other talented incoming quarterbacks. Still, Texas is taking on a certain level of risk by bringing in the highly-touted second-year quarterback.
If Ewers can’t find success at the University of Texas, here’s what you can ramble about on Twitter for a few months.