A rumor was sent swirling last month when a recruiting service reported that Peoria, AZ offensive lineman Mikal Brewer had UCLA leading in his recruitment. That was news and a surprise to Stanford fans, given that Brewer made very bold statements to The Bootleg in September about the Cardinal as his #1 school of choice for quite some time.
When asked the question about UCLA being his leader, or for that matter any school leading Stanford for his college decision, he flatly replies today that the report is "not true."
"Stanford still is my top choice," the Centennial offensive guard states. "I like all the schools on my list, obviously, since I am taking visits to see them."
Brewer took his first visit to Nebraska back in August, and recently just took his second trip to Arizona. His next three planned trips are to UCLA (11/23), Notre Dame (12/6) and Stanford (12/13). He has kept Stanford as his last trip because he wants his favorite option to be the last trip he experiences. As a reminder to readers, Brewer already cleared Stanford admissions some time ago.
His Centennial high school team is currently 7-2 and ranked as one of the top teams in 4A football in Arizona (top class is 5A). Up next for the Coyotes is 6-3 Bradshaw Mountain this Friday night.
Brewer says that despite the team's record, it has not been an easy season. He cites a young line that has picked up a lot of penalties, though things started to click midseason just before the game against Sunrise Mountain. "The previous couple games were pretty hard - he just weren't playing to our full potential," the cerebral 280-pound guard laments. "Then we had a great practice, followed by a great game." That game was a 34-0.
Centennial has an offense largely predicated on running, which Brewer most enjoys, and he says he has been particularly excited about the pulling role he plays at right guard, allowing him to move around and hit defenders hard. "I'm playing well, but I think I could do better," he assesses. "My play is good but not really good." The modest Brewer is grading north of 90% in every game this year, and picking up more and more pancakes.