August 2, 2021
Prior to the NIL change, Ewers was headed into his senior season at Southlake Carroll High School, located outside Dallas. The school is a traditional power that reached the state final last season, plays in a 12,000-seat stadium and is scheduled to open its season in a nationally televised game...His decision to leave high school football raises the question of whether the state of Texas, where Friday Night Lights are an indelible part of the culture, is now at a disadvantage at the highest levels because of the state rule. The ability to earn money off NIL remains on a state-by-state basis at the high school level. Texas is one of the few states with a law that explicitly forbids it.