Monday, January 9, 2012
Brewer signs scholarship papers
By William Wilkerson
The Longhorns officially have three quarterbacks signed to scholarships.
That became the case on Monday when four-star signal caller Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) signed his scholarship papers. He is scheduled to arrive in Austin on Sunday.
"I'm excited to start my college career," Brewer said. "I've had a great high school career but it's time for a new chapter. I'm going into Texas to work as hard as I can."
Brewer (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) is the No. 3 quarterback and No. 34 prospect overall in the ESPNU 150.
He ended his high school career by becoming the first quarterback in Arizona state history to win three consecutive state titles as the starting quarterback. He finished his career with a 41-2 record.
Brewer also set an Arizona big-school record with 100 career touchdown passes. In 686 career attempts, of which he completed 441 for 7,574 yards, he threw only 17 interceptions. That equates to one interception out of every 40 passes thrown.
Brewer's early enrollment should make the quarterback battle very interesting for the Longhorns next fall. The ideal situation would be to let him redshirt next season, but he might not have the chance to if 2011 was indicative of how returning quarterbacks David Ash and Case McCoy will play in the future.
The duo combined to complete 173 of 295 passes for 1,971 yards, 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Brewer's promise and Ash's offensive most valuable player honors at the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl led many to believe that McCoy might seek a new beginning away from the 40 Acres.
But he confirmed to the coaching staff last week that he had no intention of transferring, thus ending any chance of East Mississippi Community College's Bo Wallace enrolling this month too. Wallace cancelled Saturday's official visit once he found out McCoy would be staying.
That means that Brewer won't have to look over his shoulder anymore this month wondering if another quarterback will come aboard. Texas' coaches told he and his family the only way another quarterback was coming would be if another one left.
Brewer chose Texas over offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Washington, Alabama and Tennessee.
He is one of two quarterback commitments in this class along with Jalen Overstreet (Tatum, Texas/Tatum), who will enroll in the fall.
Brewer is recovering from concussion-like symptoms suffered in the Under Armour All-America Game from a hit by Florida State commitment Mario Edwards, who remains a Texas target. Brewer told HornsNation on Friday that he was OK.
He isn't the only member of Texas' class that is expected to enroll early. Athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove), offensive tackle Camrhon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas/Harker Heights) and linebacker Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas/Ryan) are also scheduled to start school this month. Hughes said he would be in Austin next week.
Junior college players offensive tackle Donald Hawkins (Senatobia, MS/Northwest Mississippi Community College) and defensive tackle Brandon Moore (Scooba, MS/East Mississippi Community College) have already signed their letters of intent.
William Wilkerson covers University of Texas football and recruiting for HornsNation.
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