If the Arizona Wildcats can't find a suitable quarterback option in 2013, they now have another option come 2014. Texas Longhorns transfer Connor Brewer committed to the Arizona program on Monday, weeks after he announced his transfer from Mack Brown's program.
I have committed to the University of Arizona! So excited to play for Coach Rodriguez! More great things to come for this program soon— Connor Brewer (@ConnorBrewer7) July 30, 2013
You better not suck. RT @ConnorBrewer7: I have committed to the University of Arizona! So excited to play for Coach Rodriguez!— Fake Rich Rodriguez (@FakeRichRod) July 30, 2013
A graduate of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, the transfer makes for another win for Rich Rodriguez and former Chaparral head coach Charlie Ragle, Davonte' Neal the transfer from Notre Dame being the other. Brewer was ESPN's seventh-ranked quarterback in the 2012 class but redshirted after falling behind a deep crop of quarterbacks at Texas. The four-star recruit started the Under Armour High School All-American game last year.
At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Brewer is smaller but more of a traditional pocket passer. He runs a 4.82 40-yard dash, which isn't bad by any means, but it's his accuracy and armstrength that made him a highly-rated prospect.
What happened at Texas to make him transfer? Nothing all that alarming.
From SB Nation Longhorns blog Burnt Orange Nation:
The Chaparral, AZ passer was Bryan Harsin's first QB take at Texas, and looked like the ideal mold of what Harsin was looking for in a quarterback. However, the next three commitments at quarterback (Jalen Overstreet, Tyrone Swoopes, and Jerrod Heard) broke that mold, moving towards the mobile quarterback that is a more dynamic runner than passer.
And more from fellow Longhorns blog Barking Carnival:
By all reports, Connor is a great kid who represented himself and the program well at every opportunity after serving as a major advocate for Texas during his recruitment. Hopefully he's able to find a more favorable depth chart situation wherever he lands - as he'd already been passed by a true freshman in Tyrone Swoopes and was looking down the barrel of Jerrod Heard likely bumping him to an effective #4 in 2014, Connor's decision to look for greener pastures was pretty straightforward.
It's not as if Brewer won't have competition at Arizona. This year, the battle between senior B.J. Denker, former USC Trojans quarterback Jesse Scroggins, Javelle Allen, freshman Anu Solomon and freshman athlete Khari McGee could challenge for the starting position.
Next year when Brewer becomes eligible, 2014 commit Brandon Dawkins will also enter the fold and only Denker will be out of eligibility.