QB Connor Brewer Announces Decision to Transfer from Texas to Arizona

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2013

Mar 3 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterbacks David Ash (14) and John Wilder (17) and Connor Brewer (7) during spring practice at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Texas quarterback Connor Brewer announced on Twitter that he will transfer to Arizona.

The Associated Press via USA Today reports the pro-style quarterback will be eligible to play for the Wildcats in 2014. He was a highly-rated recruit who received offers from several elite programs before opting to join the Longhorns in 2012.

Brewer, 6-2 and 195 pounds, was one of the nation's highest-rated quarterbacks in 2012 after leading Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., to three consecutive state titles and tossing a state-record 100 touchdown passes. He had offers from numerous programs, including Alabama, USC and Notre Dame, before deciding to play at Texas.

Brewer was rated as a 4-star prospect and ranked inside the top 175 nationally, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings. He also ranked fourth in Arizona at the time, meaning he'll return to the state where he became a star in high school.   

After spending last season as a redshirt freshman for Texas, he decided to seek other options and ultimately decided to join head coach Rich Rodriguez at Arizona.

At 6'2'' and a shade under 200 pounds, Brewer doesn't have ideal size for the position. However, he offsets the lack of height with good mobility within the pocket and superb arm strength. He also displayed above-average accuracy at the high school level.

The move should allow Brewer an opportunity at more playing time. David Ash established himself as the starter at Texas after an impressive sophomore campaign, which clouded the outlook for Brewer despite his standing as a highly regarded recruit.

Arizona's quarterback situation is far less settled behind senior B.J. Denker and junior Jesse Scroggins, which could open the door for Brewer moving forward. He'll still have to fight in order to earn the starting spot, however.

It's an under-the-radar move for the Wildcats that could pay off big in the long run. Brewer should be ready to roll for next season.