A dying dream… Chaparral’s Brewer leaves UA football

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Connor Brewer is on the move again.  One of the most celebrated Arizona high school quarterbacks in recent years is still trying to find a college football program that needs him as much as he needs it.

And the traveling odyssey that now finds him in search of a third school in four years – without ever once taking a snap under center – has been followed with interest by local fans who were expecting him to make a big splash in the college game.

His latest layover has evidently come to a sudden end as reports out of Tucson say Brewer has informed the University of Arizona coaching staff of his plans to leave the program in search of an opportunity that will enable him to actually get on the field instead of pacing the sidelines with a clipboard.

The former four-star recruit out of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale disappointed hometown fans when he spurned offers from the Arizona colleges and opted instead to commit to the Texas Longhorn program.  He was redshirted his first year in Texas and by summer was able to see the writing on the wall.  The starting QB had a couple years of eligibility left and the waiting list included a senior that was considered the back-up, as well as a couple more freshmen eager to get their shot at the starting role.

So on July 10 of 2013 he was released from his scholarship at Texas and the feeding frenzy was on once again as other college programs began bidding for his services.  Arizona was one of the very first schools to offer him a scholarship while he was still setting school and state records at Chaparral, and that became what was expected to be his final destination.

But it now appears that the ‘final’ part of that didn’t come to pass.

Brewer, a 6’1″ athlete with a rocket arm, was the first quarterback in Arizona high-school history to lead a team to three straight state championships, losing just two games during his entire prep career.  He finished at Chaparral with 7,574 yards passing and his 100 career touchdowns set a new big-school state record.

And his accuracy was unrivaled for a high school quarterback.  He threw just 17 interceptions in his three years as the Firebirds’ starting quarterback. That earned him a No. 10 ranking among pro-style quarterbacks from Rivals.com; and ESPN listed him as their choice for No. 7 at his position.

But all those accomplishments have meant little since leaving high school.  He has been courted by many of the best college programs in the country, but has been understandably frustrated by not being allowed to contribute on the field.

When he decided to transfer from Texas to the Wildcats’ program, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez was still looking for a quarterback who could replace B.J. Denker who would be graduating at the end of the coming season.  So sitting out a year of NCAA-imposed ineligibility was less of a problem; Brewer could use the year to absorb the new offense and be ready to compete for the starting job this season.

But then Anu Solomon entered the picture and took his place among those waiting in the wings.  Solomon is a redshirt freshman from Bishop Gorman High School in Nevada, one of the top prep football programs in the country.  He was a highly-recruited four-star prospect that led Gorman to four state titles, won all but three games during those four seasons, and threw for almost 3,000 yards as a senior.

And, as they say… the rest is history.  Solomon got the starting job over Brewer and a handful of other hopefuls and proceeded to lead the Cats to a 10-win record, a top-10 national ranking, and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl.  His 3,793 passing yards put him at No. 2 on the school’s all-time list, and his 28 TD throws tied the record in that category.

Since Solomon still has three years of eligibility remaining, the writing on the wall in Texas began to re-appear in Tucson, and Brewer was forced to make another major career decision.

Brewer still has two years of eligibility left but hasn’t indicated where he plans to look for his next job.  But, make no mistake, there will be no shortage of suitors.

Unfortunately, the next stop probably won’t be in Arizona.