It took an extra year, but the Arizona Wildcats have landed two of the best in-state recruits from 2012.
A couple of months after former five-star recruit Davonte' Neal joined the UA, another high-profile transfer has committed to the Wildcats.
Quarterback Connor Brewer, a former Scottsdale Chaparral High School star who spent the 2012 season at the University of Texas, pledged to Rich Rodriguez and Arizona on Monday night. Brewer told the Star late Monday that he will enroll at the UA as soon as this week, and could be on the field when the Cats open fall camp Saturday. He will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2013 season.
"Offensively, it's a quarterback's dream to play in their system and chuck the ball around and do everything Coach Rodriguez likes to do," Brewer told the Star. "After visiting and seeing the facilities and talking to the coaches, it was a no-brainer to stay close to home."
Brewer was rated as the seventh-best quarterback in the country by ESPNU coming out of Chaparral; he started in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game. He committed to coach Mack Brown and Texas during his junior year of high school.
Brewer redshirted in 2012, his first season in Austin, and decided to transfer after spring drills. Brewer said he visited UCLA and San Diego State but stopped searching after seeing what the UA had to offer.
"It's a great place for me," he said.
Although Brewer's not the type of dual-threat quarterback that Rodriguez typically covets, he does have ties to the UA. His former high school coach, Charlie Ragle, now coaches tight ends for the Wildcats. The connection "definitely helped," Brewer said.
"He's definitely a good friend and someone extra to talk to," he said of Ragle. "I knew he'd be honest with me even though he's biased."
Neal, who was Brewer's teammate at Chaparral, also transferred to Arizona after spending a season at Notre Dame.
Neal committed to the UA in April and filed an appeal with the NCAA to play this season, but likely won't be eligible until 2014.
Brewer will also have to sit out this season and will be eligible to play starting in 2014. Brewer figures to join a crowded quarterback group. Former USC and El Camino Junior College product Jesse Scroggins also transferred to the UA and will be eligible to play this season. He'll be a senior in 2014.
Incoming recruits Anu Solomon and Khari McGee will also likely figure into the mix, as will Brandon Dawkins, a 2014 recruit.
Rodriguez says he likes to stockpile quarterbacks, and Brewer's addition certainly backs that up. The Scottsdale native teamed with Ragle and Neal at Chaparral for some major success.
Brewer became the first quarterback in state history to lead a team to three straight state championships. He threw for 3,001 yards and 43 touchdowns as a senior, and finished his storied career with an even 100 touchdown passes.
The former Longhorn could also bring a college teammate with him to Tucson. Receiver Cayleb Jones, who played in 11 games last season at Texas, recently announced he's transferring. Jones tweeted on Monday that Arizona is one of eight schools he has interest in.
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