Brewer transfer clears Swoopes' path

Connor Brewer is heading home.

The former Texas quarterback revealed Monday night that he is transferring to Arizona. Brewer, who is from Scottsdale, became one of the nation’s highest-rated quarterback recruits in 2012 after leading Chaparral High School to three straight state titles. He also threw a state-record 100 touchdown passes.

Brewer announced three weeks ago that he was leaving Texas.

Short term, Brewer’s departure means one less fallback option for the Longhorns should anything happen to two-year starter David Ash.

But long term, Brewer’s transfer clears the path for true freshman Tyrone Swoopes as the heir apparent. Ash is a junior, veteran backup Case McCoy is a senior and the only other quarterback on the roster, Jalen Overstreet, has dabbled at other positions.

The Longhorns do have a verbal commitment from Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer), who is the No. 5-rated dual-threat quarterback in the country in ESPN 300's Class of 2014. But it won’t be easy surpassing Swoopes on the depth chart -- something Brewer found out very quickly.

After enrolling early in January, Swoopes flashed his enormous potential in the spring game, headlined by a dazzling 21-yard scramble through the Longhorns’ first-team defense. That performance prompted Texas coach Mack Brown to declare immediately after the spring game that Swoopes would be the No. 3 quarterback behind Ash and McCoy.

“Tyrone is ahead of the other two [Brewer and Overstreet],” Brown said. “He can run. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s in great shape and he’s throwing the ball well. He just needs to get more reps.”

Evidently, Brewer saw Swoopes surging as well. And with Brewer heading back to Arizona, Swoopes' status as Texas' next starting quarterback has become even more defined.