Alabama, Notre Dame pursuing Texas transfer Connor Brewer

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Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

After facing off in last season’s title game, it looks like Alabama and Notre Dame are set to face off once again – this time for a Longhorns castoff under center.

The Texas Longhorns football program has always recruited the majority of the most talented players in both the state and the nation. Despite the program’s relatively lackluster performances over the last three years, the fact has remained true at the quarterbacking position.

Unfortunately, it is that fact that would eventually be the undoing of star recruit Connor Brewer’s career with the Horns. As a standout high schooler in Arizona, Brewer won more national titles (three) than lost games (two). He tossed more than 100 touchdown passes and looked primed to take over for incumbent David Ash in another year or two in Austin.

A depth chart made muddled by the presence of dual-threat true freshman Tyrone Swoopes eventually resulted in Brewer’s decision to transfer from the school.

Well, one program’s “trash” may just be another big-time program’s treasure.

Brewer was the No. 4-rated pro-style passer coming out of high school in 2012. Not only was he recruited by Texas, but by the likes of Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Washington.

Just 24 hours after his announcement, according to CBS Sports, both Bama and Notre Dame are hot on Mr. Brewer’s trail.

So far, Stanford, Duke and Tennessee have joined Alabama and Notre Dame in contacting Brewer, but he’s still a ways away from making his decision.

Brewer said he is wide open to the recruiting. He will also look at the same schools who recruited him while he was leading Chaparral to three consecutive state championships, although it is still early to say where he might be leaning.

“I don’t have a place in mind,” said Brewer, who spent his first year in Texas last season as a redshirt. “Definitely (UA) could be a good place to go. It’s still early, too soon to say where I’ll end up.”

Obviously, his home state Arizona Wildcats are perceived to have the leg up in the running for his services.

Brewer redshirted in 2012-13 and will have to sit out a year no matter where he goes thanks to the NCAAs transfer rules. It will be two years in between competitive snaps.