Connor Brewer excited for new opportunities at UofA

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Sometimes change is good.

At least that’s what former Scottsdale Chaparral High star Connor Brewer is hoping when he announced he’s transferring to the University of Arizona after leaving the University of Texas after just one season in Austin.

Brewer, who will redshirt per NCAA rules and be a sophomore next fall at UofA (he redshirted this past year at UT), hopes for more opportunity to show his skills after being buried on the Longhorns’ depth chart this spring.

“Obviously I was at a great program at Texas, I just felt like I needed a change,” he told’s Brad Cesmat in a recent phone interview. “After that I heard from a couple schools…about a week and a half ago I went down to Arizona, met with a couple coaches, saw the new facilities…after that just kinda realized Arizona was the place to be. I’m excited to get down there and start working with them.”

The former four-star recruit was courted by several schools. He took visits to San Diego State and UCLA and was looking at Louisville and Vanderbilt among others before deciding on UofA. Brewer said he took a couple days after his visits to collect his thoughts before making it official.

He’ll be reunited with his former high school coach Charlie Ragle who’s now the tight ends coach at UofA and backfield mate, running back Davonte Neal who transferred in this summer from Notre Dame.

“It’s a great perk having one of my coaches down there, a few of my teammates down there,” Brewer said. “Obviously, it helped me choose [Arizona].”

Brewer said his number one priority is learning Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense and proving to people he’s more mobile than many give him credit for.

“The fit [at Texas] obviously wasn’t there for his skill set,” ESPN college football analyst Brock Huard explained to Brad Cesmat in a recent phone interview. “I think he’ll have a pretty good opportunity there in a situation that will fit some of his dynamics and abilities. We’ll see if he can turn [his] career around.”