Cody Brewer adds intrigue to WSU's QB chase

WHEN CODY BREWER tweeted the other day that he had received his first scholarship offer to play college football, from Washington State, he set off a string of inquiries -- including a conversation with his prep head coach -- that have led us to conclude he's one of the most intriguing prospects to come through the Cougar orbit in a very long time.

The reasons why are numerous.

For one, he stands 6-foot-6 and is an all-state basketball player in addition to being an all-district quarterback who has gone 22-3 in two years as a starter.

Two, he runs the Air Raid offense.

Then there are his game highlights on Hudl, which suggest a big-time arm and tight spiral.

Now factor in that Hal Mumme -- yes, the father of the Air Raid -- personally worked with Brewer last spring when his school decided to switch from the veer to the Air Raid and concluded the kid would have 30 scholarship offers by the time LOI Day 2016 arrived.

Here's the capper, though: Brewer is not only unrated by but, until Friday, he wasn't even in the prospect database.

So how, we asked Brewer's coach at Flour Bluff High in Corpus Christi, Texas, does a kid this athletic, with seemingly so much upside, playing the premier position in the premier high school football state in the nation, fly so far under the radar?

"He's not gone to any camps and he's not a kid to go to those quarterback events -- though he has been invited to the regional Elite 11 in Chicago," Flour Bluff coach and athletic director Chris Steinbruck said. "I think that's hurt him a bit.

"I also think being here in south Texas has something to do with it. This is (out of the way)."

That's not to say schools aren't aware of Brewer. Steinbruck said a number of college assistants -- from Baylor, TCU, Alabama and others -- saw Brewer throw last spring and really wanted to get him to their camps over the summer.

Even though Mumme is the uncle of WSU recruiting coordinator Dave Emerick, Steinbruck said the Cougars discovered Brewer not over Christmas dinner but while watching film on another player.

"Washington State called me on March 6th," he said. "They fell in love with his film."

The fact the Cougars are the first to offer Brewer is no small advantage for them in the recruiting chase.

"He's not going to forget they believed in him in first," Steinbruck said. "He's fired up about it. I'm excited about it.

"He's a country kid, likes to hunt and fish. To me, that sounds like a good match up there. And the name Mike Leach means you're going to be in a Power Five conference with the chance to lead the nation in passing. Going to a program run by one of the best passing coaches in the country is appealing."

Besides the Cougars, Brewer is hearing most from TCU, Boise State, Houston and Rice, Steinbruck said.

"There's no kid in (my) 13 years of coaching who has the total package like Cody. Coach Mumme thinks he has the best upside of any quarterback in this class."

Last season, his first in the Air Raid, Brewer threw for 3,261 yards, 35 TDs and 7 INTs. He completed 60 percent of his 387 passes and led Flour Bluff to a 12-1 record.

Steinbruck said Brewer is highly intelligent, a leader, is comfortable in the pocket, can throw the ball a mile and is accurate. His goals this spring are to improve the accuracy on outside routes and develop a quicker release on underneath routes.

Brewer is the fourth known offer the Cougars have made for the 2016 class to an uncommitted quarterback. The others, all from California, are Ian Book, Devon Modster and Matt Fink. They also have an offer out to Bellevue QB Justus Rogers but are eyeing him as a defensive back.

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