Brewer and Neal lead powerful Chaparral team

The present is definitely bright for Scottsdale Chaparral who is coming off a 5A-II championship and returns a loaded squad for the 2010 season. However, the future is probably just as exciting since two of its stars, Connor Brewer and Davonte' Neal are two of the biggest in-state 2012 prospects. Both have been offered by ASU and were impressive during the school's passing league tournament.

Quarterback Connor Brewer led the Firebirds' attack, and as a sophomore he passed for 1,896 yards and 20 TDs and had 6 INTs. At 6-2 185 the signal caller has shown remarkable accuracy and a knack to make plays under duress. Brewer was a 2009 All-Region selection as well as an All-State Honorable Mention. He was voted as the Arizona Republic Sophomore of the Year, in addition to being named a Max Preps Sophomore All-American.

"You get experience just working on your skills," Brewer said regarding the benefits of participating in last week's passing league in Tempe, "and staying sharp in the off-season. We get to play teams here that we'll see during the season and get a feel for how they are going to look next year. I know we have a lot of talent coming back everywhere so I'm expecting a good year."

Arizona State was the first school to offer Brewer and Nebraska followed suit.

"I like Arizona State a lot," Brewer stated. "Obviously it's hometown and the coaches are awesome too. It's a great school and it would be nice to go here where your family can always see you. I couldn't go wrong if I went here.

"The coaches told me that they like my poise and my leadership on the field. They were impressed that I was a sophomore and I led my team to the state championship. I'm just hoping to get bigger and better in my last two years before college."

The quarterback commented that he will go to a quarterback combine in Las Vegas, and plans to attend camps at UCLA, USC, Stanford and Georgia.

"I'm not getting my head totally into recruiting," Brewer confessed. "I'm focused on getting ready for the season and improving my skills."

One of Brewer's main weapons on offense this season will be 5-10 185 wide receiver Davonte Neal (pictured), who will also play cornerback. Neal recently transferred over from Cesar Chavez High School and despite the Champions going 0-10 last season, Neal was one of the bright lights on offense scoring nine touchdowns (five rushing, four receiving).

Neal was offered by the Sun Devils as freshman. Boston College and BYU too offered him that season. Arizona, New Mexico, Duke, and Oregon State have extended offers as well since then.

In general, Neal is being recruited as an athlete and while he wouldn't mind playing as a wide receiver he believes that his future at the college level lies in the defensive backfield. "I have good footwork," he said, "good hips, I'm quick and make good reads. There is no telling where I am going to end up as. I know I still need to improve and that's what the passing leagues are for. I know I'll be in a good program and I want to play well and help not only myself but also my teammates to end up at a good college."

Neal has a solid combination of quickness and strength as a corner. He's a ball hawk that has great anticipation and doesn't let the player he marks roam unchecked in his route.

Neal says that his transition to Chaparral has been seamless so far, and going from a winless team to a state champion won't be a sharp of a change for him as he expects to thrive in his new surroundings.

"I love it over at Chaparral, but I also liked it at Chavez too," Neal said. "I'm very happy where I'm at and I'm happy that I ended up in a good team atmosphere and with good coaches. I wanted to be part of a team like that so my dad and I made the move."

In comparison to Brewer, Neal's recruitment process has been busy for a while with more schools pursuing him. Yet, as a 2012 prospect who cannot even receive official written offers before September 1st, the Chaparral athlete is able to take it all in stride.

"I don't worry about the recruiting process and I let my dad handle it right now," Neal said. "I just worry about getting ready for the season. The time for college will come but right now my focus has to be how improving and having the team improve so we can have a good year and win another state championship."


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