Posted by Bryan Fischer
Late last night, news spread like a wildfire that Scottsdale (Ariz.) quarterback Connor Brewer had committed to Texas. One of the best quarterbacks in the west, the news of the commitment shocked several people in the recruiting community.
It wasn’t Brewer’s choice in committing to the Longhorns, but rather his timing.
Although many schools were sending verbal offers out to the desert, Texas generally waits until one of their “Junior Days” to extend an offer and more than likely receive a commitment. The fact that Brewer becomes offer – and commitment – number one for Texas’ class of 2012 is significant.
Obviously Mack Brown is hoping to continue the momentum he built with the great class of 2011. Grabbing an out of state recruit who figures to be on everyone’s top 100 list is a great way to start. Rivals analyst Brian Perroni noted that Texas did the same thing with current starter Garrett Gilbert in high school to start his class off with a bang and it appears the Longhorns staff hopes to do the same this year.
The 6-foot-2, 185 pound Brewer is also the first commitment for new offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, who recently joined the staff from Boise State. Not only does Harsin lock up his future pupil just less than a year before Signing Day, but he can have Brewer help recruit other kids to join the fold.
While the timing is a bit interesting, Texas is off to their usual early start in the recruiting game with a very good quarterback. We’ll see if this commitment has the desired effect in a few weeks.