QB Connor Brewer talks Texas transfer

It hasn’t even been 24 hours since Longhorns redshirt freshman quarterback Connor Brewer told Texas’ coaches that he was leaving the program, and other schools have already inquired.

“There are definitely a lot of schools that are interested,” Brewer said. “A lot of schools that recruited me are coming back in the picture, which is good news.”

Brewer isn’t naming names at this point. He’d like to give his situation some more time to breathe. But his suitors could involve some powerhouse programs based on who offered him out of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral High School in 2012.

He chose the Longhorns over offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Washington.

“I’m just playing it by ear,” he said. “Just getting in contact with schools over the next couple of days.”

A congested path to playing time was likely one of the main reasons for his transfer. David Ash has started his first two seasons at Texas and still has two years of eligibility remaining. Behind him is senior Case McCoy, who played in eight games last season, and highly touted true freshman Tyrone Swoopes, who dazzled in the spring game.

Brewer hinted at that being the case on Wednesday.

“It was a really long and hard decision for me to actually leave the University of Texas just because it’s obviously the school I committed to,” he said. “I committed there for a reason. I had hopes and dreams to play. I loved everything about the academics, the coaches, the support from the fans. Everything that came along with it was top of the line. I know in the future they will be doing great things. But for me, as a player, I just felt like there are better opportunities to go out and play quicker somewhere. Ultimately, I think that’s what it came down to.”

There are so many quarterbacks vying for snaps that Texas has decided to tinker with redshirt freshman Jalen Overstreet at wide receiver or the defensive secondary. And then there is perhaps the most highly regarded of the QBs, 2014 commitment Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer), who accounted for seven touchdowns in a state championship win last season.

The logjam at the position didn't leave much room for Brewer to compete, even though he figured to be in the running for the No. 2 job this fall.

“I think there was an opportunity [for that No. 2 spot],” Brewer said. “But at the same time I think I could go somewhere else and, potentially, after the one-year sit out, be the guy. That was a better option.”

His pending transfer from the program brings a sudden halt to a promising career that never materialized in burnt orange.

Brewer was highly sought out of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral High School in 2012. An Under Armour All-American, he was the No. 130 recruit in the ESPN 300 and the No. 7 quarterback.

A four-star recruit, he ended his high school career by becoming the first quarterback in Arizona history to win three consecutive state titles as the starting quarterback. He finished his career with a 41-2 record.

Brewer (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) also set an Arizona big-school record with 100 career touchdown passes. In 686 career attempts, of which he completed 441 for 7,574 yards, he threw only 17 interceptions. That equates to one interception out of every 40 passes thrown.

Brewer said he’s thought about this decision for a while but really took it seriously over the last two weeks. It was tough telling the Texas coaching staff that he was leaving.

“I don’t know if they expected. I think they could see where I was coming from,” he said. “Obviously they didn’t want me to leave. They were disappointed that I was leaving. I was a quarterback they recruited and they don’t want to lose players that they recruit. It was tough for both of us, but we wished each other well.”

Longhorns head coach Mack Brown wished Brewer the best in a school released statement on Tuesday when it announced they’d granted him an unconditional release to transfer.

"We appreciate everything Connor has brought to our program," Brown said in the statement. "He is a tremendous young man and is a great teammate and student. We hate to see him leave, but at the same time we understand his reasons. We wish him the best of luck in the future."

Brewer is the second of his siblings to transfer from Texas. His sister, Ashley Brewer, left the Longhorns swim team in 2012 and now competes for USC.