The Longhorns already have a collection of young quarterbacks on roster, with junior Garrett Gilbert serving as the oldest player of the four scholarship players. The other quarterbacks are all sophomores or younger, with sophomore Case McCoy, redshirt freshman Connor Wood and true freshman David Ash.
Three years from now — barring a redshirt for McCoy or any transfers — Texas will have two scholarship quarterbacks on roster with Wood and Ash. So signing a young quarterback, one who can fit the Texas offense, is a must in the 2012 class.
The Longhorns evaluated multiple players at the position, and liked out-of-stater Connor Brewer over in-state options Matt Davis and Trevor Knight. Brewer seems to be the perfect fit, a pocket passer with a quick release, superb accuracy and the arm to make all the throws. Davis is more of a run-first quarterback, while Knight provided a run-pass option. But Brewer provides the passing polish that the Longhorns need from the quarterback position. Perhaps most importantly, he's a home run from the intangibles aspect, an intelligent leader who's willing to put in extra hours and do the little things to win.
Texas filled its need with the best fit. Quite simply, the Longhorns landed their top target, and the only player the Longhorns offered at the position.