Rated a five-star prospect by Scout.com, Schaeffer had narrowed his list to NC State, Ole Miss, and Wisconsin before selecting the Rebels.
Leading the nation's top junior college offense, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound dual-threat passer was the key cog in the COS's offensive attack.
"We had the No. 1 offense in the nation," said COS offensive coordinator Andy Siegal. "We averaged 42 points and over 500 yards of total offense, and Brent was a big part of it all. He threw for 42 touchdowns and rushed for eight or nine more. He's been named Valley Conference Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year, California Player of the Year, and I think they said he's going to be national Player of the Year. He was a unanimous All-American, so obviously he was very important."
|Quarterback Brent Schaeffer|
Schaeffer had garnered offers from NC State, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, Kansas State, and Virginia Tech among others.
He originally inked with Tennessee out of high school but transferred out of the program last season. He enrolled at COS where he played as a sophomore, and he will have three years to play two seasons at the college of his choice.
"I learned a lot from my time at Tennessee," said Schaeffer. "I took on a lot of adversity and am just working hard now at everything. I want to become a more complete quarterback."