The Ohio State Buckeyes have been raiding Texas for top high school football prospects and they’ve been doing it better than the University of Texas, the state’s flagship school and a football program that’s expected to dominate the in-state talent marketplace.

Recently Quinn Ewers, the state’s best high-school quarterback and across the board national number-one prospect, de-committed from Texas and today announced his formal commitment to play for the Buckeyes.

Ewers is the second highest-ranked commitment in the history of Ohio State football, second only to Pennsylvania’s Terrell Pryor, another Buckeyes’ quarterbacking great. 

This trend has becoming increasingly common since 2017, when out of 22 five-star players in the state the Longhorns have landed four, while Ohio State has bagged six for their own program, according to an analysis published at Cleveland.com.

Ohio State has signed 17 Texas players to their program, but 15 of them have come within the last decade, and the bulk coming after former Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer began really mining the state for recruits in 2013. Head coach Ryan Day has followed Meyer’s well trod path down to Texas and back with great success.

Whether or not Texas and Ohio State meet any time soon on the football field, it is clear there’s a daily war going on for players deep in the heart of Texas, and the team from up north seems to have the upper hand, at least for the moment.