Connor Brewer announces decision to transfer to Arizona

Texas Longhorns quarterback Connor Brewer (7) throws a pass during spring practice at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Former Texas Longhorns quarterback Connor Brewer (7) is officially transferring to Arizona. (Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports)

Second-year coach Rich Rodriguez’s rebuilding process at the University of Arizona just got a huge boost. Former in-state prep star-turned Texas commitment has announced that he will be transferring closer to home and will be suiting up for the Wildcats.

Brewer, at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, was one of the nation’s biggest recruits coming out of high school. Such is the case when you lead Chaparral High School to three straight state titles while tacking on a record 100 touchdown passes to boot.

He eventually chose Texas over the likes of Arizona and Arizona State nearby, as well as Notre Dame, Alabama and USC. At the time, the Longhorns were struggling trying to find a replacement for Colt McCoy under center. It had looked like Brewer would have his shot at starting sooner rather than later.

However, the emergence of David Ash as coach Mack Brown’s undisputed starter and the arrival of elite true freshman Tyrone Swoopes relegated his game to the back burner. Brewer decided it was in his best interests to transfer to a new school, and Brown allowed to him to choose any school that would have him.

Alabama and Notre Dame were both reportedly hot on his trail, but at the end of the day, Brewer is headed home.

Brewer will be eligible to play in 2014 after sitting out the upcoming season due to transfer rules. The timing should work out perfectly. The Wildcats lost Matt Scott to graduation, and the only other player to record a snap under center in 2012 was junior BJ Denker. Denker is currently battling for the starting duties with junior college transfer Jesse Scroggins and incoming freshman Anu Solomon.

Brewer will have a legitimate chance to win the job in an open competition in 2014.