Brewer has a leader

After Connor Brewer excelled at camps and Elite 11 over the summer, the junior quarterback and 2012 recruit started to receive what he called "a little interest" from Texas.

And as Brewer has done on the football field, the feisty four-star from Chaparral (AZ) High School in Scottsdale took the initiative.

"I called them back and really tried to show interest," Brewer said. "I've talked with Coach (Greg) Davis a bunch.

"I think we're kind of growing on each other," Brewer said, laughing. "I've been bugging him a little bit."

It comes as no surprise that Davis told Brewer he liked his intangibles, including his poise and the way he carries himself. Brewer's film doesn't hurt either. At first glance, Brewer appears to be a Colt McCoy type with accuracy and mobility. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound signal-caller recently sent Davis his mid-season highlight tape so Texas's offensive coordinator can continue to evaluate him. The Longhorns don't offer players this early in the process.

Brewer's evaluation of Texas is highly positive — he calls the Longhorns his leader — and he's had help making it. Brewer's sister swims on the 40 Acres, and has told Brewer that attending Texas is one of the best decisions she's ever made.

"That piqued my interest quite a bit," Brewer said. "I can't wait to see what the atmosphere is like during a game."

He'll get his chance sooner rather than later. Brewer will visit Austin for the Baylor game. While in Austin, Brewer is scheduled to have a sit-down with head coach Mack Brown.

One thing is for sure: Brewer is a winner. The Atlanta Falcons fan played running back, defensive end and safety before moving to quarterback shortly before his freshman year. He earned the starting job as a sophomore, leading Chaparral to a 13-1 record and the Arizona Class 52A state championship, throwing for 1,896 yards and 20 touchdowns to six interceptions.

He's been even better as a junior, passing for around 1,200 yards with 17 touchdowns and three interceptions. More importantly, Chaparral is 7-0 and on its way to state contention yet again.

"My ultimate goal is for us to get another state championship," Brewer said. "I think we're good enough to get another one this year, and you focus on team goals before focusing on individuality."

For recruiting purposes, we'll gladly focus on his individuality for him. Accuracy? Check. Athleticism? Brewer runs a 4.7 and while he's not a burner, he has the ability to test a defense with his legs. Intelligence? Brewer boasts a 4.1 GPA and operates a multi-faceted Chaparral offense at a high level. Brewer also grades out highly as a leader.

"So far this season, things are going well," Brewer said. "But if we face some trouble, I'm the type who steps up and tells a team what they need to hear."

Don't be surprised if Chaparral repeats. And don't be shocked if Brewer's initiative pays off. For now though, he's certainly a player to watch.

"It's obvious why anybody would want to go to Texas: it's a great program with a great decision," Brewer said. "Texas is way up on my list right now. It's a great school, and I couldn't think of going to a better place."

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