Quarterback Connor Brewer out of Chaparral HS (Scottsdale, AZ) is a 2012 recruit already holding offers from Nebraska and Arizona.
It's still early, but don't get caught napping on this kid. Brewer (6'2", 185 lbs) led his team to a state championship as a sophomore and has the poise of a player several years his senior.
He had no dream school as a kid, but he has an interest in UCLA because his older brothers played baseball there. He will be attending a camp at UCLA this summer.
Don't take that as an early lean—Brewer also plans to camp at the Stanford Junior Day, the Stanford Rising Stars, Georgia, and Tennessee. He'll be at the Vegas Elite 11 camp for rising seniors and juniors this weekend.
USC is another school that was "in the top," and he didn't seem to think the sanctions would affect his decision because they wouldn't affect kids his age. Teammate Andre Yruretagoyena is also a USC target who was unsure how USC's sanctions would affect his recruitment .
When I asked Brewer if he would be interested in, say, a Notre Dame offer or somewhere outside of the West, he said that he would "look anywhere," and wants to see what the Big Ten, SEC, and other conferences have to offer.
Connor said his strengths were that he "wants the ball for the big play," that his "accuracy and footwork" were solid, and that his arm strength is good, though still developing. He likes Tom Brady's pocket presence and Peyton Manning's intellect with the playbook.
Though he admitted depth charts stocked with good QBs (like Stanford's) are a consideration, "when you go to good schools, you're expecting competition." Ultimately, the decision will come down to where he feels most comfortable, and he's looking forward to visiting several different campuses to find that fit.
In the meantime, Connor is very excited to try and repeat as state champion, and with much of Chaparral's roster returning, that sounds very likely.
Overall, I was very impressed with his maturity and told him I was looking forward to watching him play. I'd wish him luck, but I don't think he'll need it.