College football's elites were apparently intrigued by the news that Connor Brewer was leaving Texas, as Alabama, Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA and other squads have already contacted the former four-star recruit, reports Richard Obert of AZCentral.com.
Brewer was ranked as the No. 4 pro-style QB by 247's composite out of Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Chaparral, but the tide was turning away from him at Texas. His co-offensive coordinator and the man who recruited him, Bryan Harsin, left the Longhorns for the head coaching gig at Arkansas State. And as Burnt Orange Nation wrote, the Longhorns have started to tend toward dual-threat type QBs of late, and Brewer was looking like he might lose the competition to be the team's third-string QB. So a transfer seemed wise.
But just because he was falling out of favor at Texas doesn't mean there aren't suitors. Obert reports both of last year's title game teams are in on the hunt. The Crimson Tide will graduate A.J. McCarron after this year, but they've recruited four-star QBs in each of the last two classes, so there will be competition when Brewer is eligible to play in 2014. The Fighting Irish obviously have a bit of a weird situation now with Everett Golson suspended, but Golson has said he expects to be back in 2014, plus, they've got incoming recruits Malik Zaire in this class and DeShone Kizer in the next one.
Other schools apparently in the hunt include both homestate schools, Arizona and Arizona State. The Wildcats have shown their ability to produce quality quarterbacks in Nick Foles and Matt Scott, while the Sun Devils will be looking for a new QB in 2014 after the graduation of Taylor Kelly. Stanford, Tennessee and Duke are also in the mix, per Obert. For his part, Brewer says he "doesn't have a school in mind."