Another gift for RichRod…Connor Brewer picks UA football

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The football gods have done it again.  For the second straight season, they have smiled down on the University of Arizona football program and dropped a savior into the lap of  the second-year head coach.

Last year, Rich Rodriguez took over the program from Mike Stoops and inherited one of the best quarterbacks in the Pac-12 in Matt Scott.  Had Scott not decided to take a redshirt season the year before, he would have been done with his college career before RichRod got there.

Scott led the team to an 8-5 season and engineered one of the most thrilling comebacks in school history by directing two touchdown drives in the final 90 seconds to lead the Wildcats to a one-point victory over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl.

Exit Scott to graduation.  Enter Connor Brewer, who just transferred in from Texas.

Brewer, who was a highly-rated recruit out of Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School and spent last season as a redshirt with the Longhorns, has been the subject of widespread speculation since deciding to leave the Texas program following the team’s spring drills.  By early July, he was sizing up his options and appeared to have narrowed them to schools closer to home, including UCLA, San Diego State, and Arizona.

He visited the two California schools first before deciding this week that he liked what he saw and heard during his campus visit to Tucson.  A tweet from the wandering QB announced his decision to play for the Wildcats.

Brewer is, indeed, a highly-prized gift.  During his high school career at Chaparral he threw for 7,574 yards and set a state record with 100 touchdowns.  He lost just two games while leading the school to its three consecutive state titles.  And he capped his career with a senior season that included 3.001 passing yards and 43 touchdowns.

ESPN listed him as the No. 7-rated quarterback in the class of 2012 as he drew offers from not only six schools in the Pac-12 Conference, but from national powers like Alabama, Notre Dame, and Michigan.

He’ll have to sit out the 2013 season as required by NCAA regulations, but Rodriguez has stockpiled quarterbacks, a practice he has employed throughout his coaching career, and should be able to get through next season – although it may not be a pretty sight.

He has B.J. Denker, who played in six games last season when Scott was unavailable, and Jesse Scroggins, who spent some time at USC and gained valuable on-field experience at El Camino College.  And behind them are a couple of talented freshmen, Javelle Allen and Brandon Dawkins, who just committed to the program last week.

Denker is a senior and Scroggins a junior, but the arrival of Brewer does not bode well for the freshmen.  There’s little chance that Brewer will not be the most likely one to ascend to the throne next year.

That’s also when Davonte’ Neal will be ready to step into the game.  Neal is another Chaparral graduate who decided he didn’t make the right first choice and left Notre Dame after one season to transfer back to the state to play for the Wildcats.  He’s also likely to be sitting out his transfer penalty this season, although he has an appeal pending with the NCAA.

Although Neal was used at Notre Dame primarily for punt returns, he was a highly-recruited wide receiver in high school, a four-star prospect that was ranked as high as the No. 8 prep prospect in the country by at least one recruiting service.

The former high school teammates, who are also being re-united with their head coach from Chaparral, could bring some major help to the offense in 2014.  Charlie Ragle is on the Arizona staff as tight ends coach.

Brewer’s style doesn’t exactly fit the run-option type of offense that Rodriguez prefers.  He was rated by 247Sports as the fifth-best pro-style quarterback to come out of high school last year.

But he’s going to have a full season to become acquainted with the RichRod way of doing things.