November 29, 2010

Arizona QB lands Tide offer

Alabama is on the look out for an elite quarterback prospect in the 2012 recruiting class and has already extended offers to a number of the top junior signal callers in the country. The Crimson Tide added one more target to that list over the weekend when they extended an offer to Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral quarterback Connor Brewer, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound pro-style prospect who was in Tuscaloosa to watch the Iron Bowl last Friday.

"I got there on Thursday afternoon and actually got to tour the facilities a little and meet a few of the coaches," Brewer said. "Friday morning we got to meet the rest of the coaching staff and really got a chance to walk around campus and experience the game day atmosphere. It was really amazing to see the excitement in the fans all day long on campus."

"I met with Coach Saban privately before the game and he talked to me a lot about my abilities, what kind of offense they run and really just about football and life in general. He offered me a scholarship there in the meeting and that was pretty cool to get it straight from the head coach in person."

Brewer, who also holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Tennessee and Nebraska, said he was blown away by the energy of the crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"The game was one of the best experiences of my life. I've never seen anything like it. 100,000 people there to watch two of the best teams in America going at it for 60 minutes. Auburn is a great team but I think the atmosphere was really affecting them early on. There wasn't a moment of silence in the entire game, even when Alabama fell behind. It's cool to see something like this early on in the recruiting process because now everything I see will have to live up to this."

"Losing the game didn't really affect how I feel about Alabama. They run a good pro-style offense, they put their quarterback under center a lot, which I like, and I really like Coach (Jim) McElwain a lot. They have great running backs but their passing game was huge against Auburn, especially in the first half. They have great balance and when they are on, they are tough to beat.

The experience was something new for Brewer, who has had limited exposure to Southeastern football thus far.

"I've grown up here in Arizona my whole life so Pac-10 football is what I've grown up around. The SEC is completely different in terms of the atmosphere and the attitudes of the fans."

Brewer and his Chaparral squad are in the midst of a deep playoff run, thanks in large part to Brewer's 2,400-yard, 34-touchdown, 4-interception performance this season, but once his season is complete he plans to spend more time on the recruiting process.

"I really haven't put a deadline on anything yet. I will try to narrow things down as son as I can in the spring and try to start picking out some favorites just to make it a more manageable process. After that, I will start to look more heavily into each program and really dive into the process. Right now I'm planning to visit Alabama for spring practice so that could possibly be the start of the next phase of the recruiting process for me."

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