Power Ranking Ex-Texas QB Connor Brewer's Best Transfer Options
The latest transfer looking for a new home is former Texas quarterback Connor Brewer. He was recently released from his Texas scholarship and the exploring has begun.
According to Richard Obert of AZCentral, several schools have already contacted Brewer, including Notre Dame, Stanford, Alabama, Duke and Tennessee. He is also interested in playing for Arizona State or Arizona, per the report.
Which school would be the best choice?
Brewer will be forced to sit out a season if he picks a Division I school, but his choice will come down to who provides the best chance for immediate playing time and the best chance to win. Transfers want to be successful. If a school has a lot of quarterback competition, scratch Brewer off the list.
Brewer will likely end up in the Pac-12 or the SEC.
5. Arizona State
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Arizona State has a lot to offer Brewer. It's clearly a school on the rise under head coach Todd Graham. Playing in Tempe would also allow him to play close to home considering he is from Paradise Valley, Ariz (20 minutes away, according to mapquest).
But the Sun Devils aren't the best choice.
Arizona State has a lot of depth at quarterback with Michael Eubank, Mike Bercovici and 2014 recruit Manny Wilkins. All of those quarterbacks hope to start once Taylor Kelly graduates in two years or leaves for the NFL draft next season. The more potential at a position, the tougher it is to land the starting job.
Brewer would be closer to home and would be part of a team that is creating some buzz. However, there isn't any guaranteed playing time.
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Brewer obviously left Texas because he wants a chance to start. Duke doesn't get recruits like Brewer every day. He would likely be the most talented player the second he steps on campus, and the lack of competition would almost guarantee him being the starter next season.
Duke is loaded with underclassmen quarterbacks in Anthony Boone, Thomas Sirk and Robert Collins. None are as talented as Brewer.
While this may sound like a cop out, Duke also has a terrific head coach in David Cutcliffe. He's coached quarterbacks such as Peyton and Eli Manning. A future in the NFL is bright if Cutcliffe takes him under his wing.
Duke isn't a sexy football program and isn't winning any national championships, but it does guarantee playing time and a chance to build NFL draft stock.
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It was only a matter of time before Tennessee got back on track. Thanks to head coach Butch Jones, the time appears to be now. The Volunteers are putting together an excellent 2014 recruiting class and the expectations are growing.
Tennessee has options at quarterback beginning with junior Justin Worley and redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman. However, none are really blowing the doors off the competition. Brewer would have a great chance of winning the starting job next season and would lead a talented football team.
It doesn't get much better than being a starting quarterback in the SEC. Tennessee has a great tradition and seems to be a year or two away from competing for conference titles.
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Playing for Arizona would be a dream come true for Brewer. Tucson would be close to his hometown of Paradise Valley and could play most of his games in front of friends and family (Less than two hours, according to mapquest). He'd also play in a Rich Rodriguez offense-friendly system.
Last season, Arizona finished second in the Pac-12 with an average of 526 yards a game. It also finished 23rd in the country in passing yards and 15th in rushing yards. Rodriguez runs a no-huddle offense that allows players to produce video-game numbers and have loads of fun.
Last year's starter, Matt Scott, has departed, opening the door for young quarterbacks such as Jesse Scroggins and Anu Solomon. Brewer would be thrown into the fire with questions at the position, and he would have a legitimate shot at starting once eligible to play.
The Wildcats are on the rise with a new coaching staff. Brewer could be a part of the upcoming program and help his home team win games.
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Every college player likes to win and would love nothing more than to win a national championship. Alabama has won three of the last four crystal footballs and head coach Nick Saban has won four in his career.
There isn't a better program to play for at the moment.
While nearly every position is loaded with talent, quarterback will remain a question mark once AJ McCarron graduates after this season. The Tide have possible answers in 2013 recruit Cooper Bateman and 2014 recruit David Cornwell, but they are no sure thing for a team that will have national championship aspirations.
Saban will be careful with who he chooses at quarterback as the selection could determine the outcome of the season.
Brewer would be given a shot to become the starter for the most talented team in the country. He would also have the best chance to win a national championship. It doesn't get any better than that.