With Book out, Cougs turn to Texas QB Cody Brewer

IT WAS A MOVE no one saw coming - but that's recruiting, isn't it? On Tuesday night, quarterback Ian Book, Washington State’s first 2016 class verbal, announced on twitter he was decommitting and heading to Notre Dame. So the question begs, where do Mike Leach and his staff turn? We talked to the prep coach for Cody Brewer and gained some great insight on where WSU is headed in their QB search.

Recruiting is such that coaches always have backup plans. Many of the top quarterback recruits are now off the board but there are still several prospects that would fit the Air Raid nicely. At the top of Leach's list looks to be Brewer, out of Corpus Christi, Texas.

The 6-6, 215-pounder (pictured above) had a scholarship offer from Leach prior to Book’s verbal in April. WSU wasted no time after Book flipped to get in touch with him, Flour Bluff coach and athletic director Chris Steinbruck informed CF.C.

And Leach, Graham Harrell and Clay McGuire will be talking with Brewer later today.

“I spoke with Coach McGuire last night,” Steinbruck said. “I met with Cody and his dad today and he was fired up about it. Sam Houston State has been recruiting him hard and been good to him, but Cody wanted to wait until the end of summer before making a decision.

“When he commits, he commits and it’s final. He wanted to make sure and we told him everything happens for a reason. Now WSU is back in and he’s excited about it. He’s calling Coach McGuire, Coach Leach and Coach Harrell this afternoon. He’s been looking online at the facilities again and taking a look at the campus.”

Brewer will not verbally commit to WSU today, Steinbruck said, wanting to visit the campus first before making his decision. If an unofficial visit comes together in the next few weeks, the Cougs may have their man, though it might have to wait until after an official visit to WSU next month.

“Cody is hoping to visit the campus soon,” Steinbruck said. “Official visits start in September and he wants to try and visit for their first home game. The family is trying to put together some money for an unofficial visit, but might wait for the official. They’re going to talk to the WSU coaches for some guidance there.

“Everything we’ve heard about WSU, though, fits Cody. It’s a country town and with Cody being a Texas kid, that’s what he’s about. To me, it’d be a perfect fit.”

The Flour Bluff High product has a rocket for an arm and is a proven winner. In the past two seasons, he’s 22-3 as his team’s starting QB.

Flour Bluff also runs the Air Raid offense, and Brewer put up some big numbers in that offense in 2014, throwing for 3,261 yards and 35 touchdowns.

“Coach Leach and his staff have been at Texas Tech and Cody feels comfortable with those guys because they’re familiar with Texas. He likes the offense and I think he could do really well up there. “He likes Coach Harrell, Coach McGuire and Coach Leach. I think it’s a good deal and we’ll have to wait and see how everything with Cody plays out.” Brewer is the only known non-committed prospect who has received an offer from WSU this recruiting cycle.

Another QB to keep an eye on: former Tacoma quarterback Jordan Kitna (Lincoln High). The son of former NFL QB Jon Kitna is now playing his ball in Texas and was receiving interest from the Cougs last fall. He could be a guy the staff pursues a littler harder now. UConn is the lone known offer for Kitna.

In recent conversations with Cougfan, Book had repeatedly said he was 100 percent solid to Mike Leach and was working overtime on recruiting prospects to join him in Pullman.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to decommit from Washington State University. I would like to thank Coach Leach and his entire staff for having the confidence in me. WSU is a great program I truly believe in, however, I will be furthering my education and playing football at the University of Notre Dame. Go Irish.” - Book on Tuesday night on twitter.

“I’m 100 percent done with my recruiting. There is no other place I want to be. They told me I’m the only quarterback they're taking for the class and that I’m their guy. If they can give me their word, I can give them mine. I’m all Wazzu right now.” - Book in April on his verbal pledge to WSU.

  • Book told CF.C he had reached out to Upland wide receiver Grant Porter, whom he knows from area events, a number of times prior to Porter verbally committing to WSU on July 1. Whether Book's decommitment affects Porter or other receivers in the class remains to be seen but the guess here is WSU will move quickly to secure their QB pledge.

  • Brewer was the fifth known offer the Cougars have made to 2016 quarterback prospects. The others were Book, Devon Modster, Jacob Eason and Matt Fink. (Modster has pledged Arizona, Eason verballed to Georgia and Fink has pledged USC). WSU also has an offer out to Bellevue QB Justus Rogers. He wants to play QB at the next level but WSU was thought to be eyeing him as a defensive back.

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