The nation’s top-ranked recruit in the 2022 class might be off to college a year earlier than expected.

Wednesday afternoon, Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported that No. 1 recruit and Ohio State quarterback commit Quinn Ewers is “leaning” towards skipping his senior year of high school and enrolling at OSU. He is expected to make a decision this week.

Per Thamel’s report, Ewers is facing this difficult decision in the midst of the name, image and likeness changes that have hit college athletics. In Texas, Ewers would not be able to profit off his name, image and likeness as a high school athlete.

But with new NIL policies in the NCAA allowing student-athletes to profit off their brand, he could receive money if he enrolls early at Ohio State.

“I don’t really know, I don’t have a final decision made quite yet,” Ewers told Thamel. “I’m leaning toward leaving and going up to Ohio, just so I don’t have to deal with UIL stuff and can get comfortable with Ohio and Columbus and start to learn.”

Ewers is a 5-star quarterback and the No. 1 ranked recruit in the 2022 class. He initially committed to Texas but rethought his decision and later pledged to Ryan Day and the Buckeyes.

Per Thamel, Ewers already has several offers, some of which have come from national brands.

If Ewers does make the decision to forgo his final year of high school football, it could redefine how elite recruiting is handled moving forward. It’s a fascinating story to follow and one that could really change the recruiting landscape.

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