"It was awesome, going out my senior year with a state title," Connor Brewer said. "My senior class, we knew that we had that kind of potential. And over the course of the year, we grew int a great team, peaking at the right time, and we were able to go out state champions."
Brewer was a huge part of Chaparral's success, completing 63 percent of his passes for 3,001 yards and 43 touchdowns to five interceptions, passing for at least one touchdown in every game and tossing three or more touchdowns in 10 of Chaparral's 15 contests. Brewer contributed a chunk of his growth to the high level of competition he faced both over the summer and in Chaparral's lone loss to Nevada powerhouse Bishop Gorman in the season opener.
"It definitely got me used to playing at a higher speed," Brewer said. "Playing against the best high school players — guys who will be great in college — was great not just for this season, but for helping me know what to expect in college."
And it's on that last part that Brewer is now focused. He said that he stopped celebrating Chaparral's Arizona State Championship about a week after the game and fixed his attention on what he has to do "on the new page of my life."
Two reminders of that future came this week. First, Brewer hosted Texas coach Mack Brown and Longhorn offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin for his in-home visit. Brewer called the visit "awesome", especially enjoying Brown taking the time to meet with coaches, teachers and students at Chaparral High School before driving to Brewer's house. Once there, Brewer threw the ball around with Harsin and listened to Brown tell stories about football and life.
"Having them over was just great," Brewer said. "We didn't talk a lot about my role in the offense. They just said they wanted to have someone emerge (at quarterback) and become a big-time guy, both in terms of leadership and as an on-field guy.
"I can't control who starts, but I'm going to work and try as hard as I can," Brewer said. "If the coaches think I should play, then I'll play."
Brewer said it was encouraging to see the Longhorns move the ball so well against Baylor.
"There were a lot of great things that first half," Brewer said. "Case had a great half, the receivers were looking good, and the offensive line and running backs played well. I think that's a preview for what next year's going to be. It's going to be a great year for Texas, especially with the guys coming in who can help."
Brewer will hang out with several of those candidates this weekend, when he comes in on his official visit. Brewer said most of the commitments would be in attendance, along with some players the coaches were trying to sway.