Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Arizona adds Texas QB transfer
By Kevin Gemmell
Arizona's quarterback competition is really heating up. But it's the 2014 edition -- not the 2013 competition -- that we're talking about.
With the news that former Texas quarterback Connor Brewer is transferring to Tucson, head coach Rich Rodriguez now finds himself with an abundance of quarterbacks for 2014.
Brewer, who is from Scottsdale, led Chaparral High to three state championships and was the No. 7-rated quarterback in the 2012 class by ESPN. At the time, he had received Pac-12 offers from Arizona, ASU, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington. He was also offered by Alabama, Notre Dame and Michigan, among others.
Per NCAA transfer rules, he'll have to sit out 2013, but he'll join a quarterback class in 2014 that includes Anu Solomon, former USC quarterback Jesse Scroggins, Javelle Allen and possibly Brandon Dawkins, who committed to the Wildcats last week out of Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.
Brewer tweeted his decision last night that he was headed back to his home state. He'll be reunited with former Chaparral teammate Davonte Neal, a wide receiver transfer from Notre Dame whose eligibility for 2013 is still up in the air.
Per Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen:
Brewer’s commitment gives Arizona four of the top 10 in-state players from the 2012 class , as ranked by Rivals.com.
If Neal and Brewer -- who have been friends since the eighth grade — had signed with Arizona in February of 2012, excitement would have been off the charts. Neal was No. 3 in the state, Brewer No. 5, offensive lineman Zach Hemmila was No. 6 and defensive lineman Dwight Melvin was No. 10.