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July 11, 2013
Redshirt freshman quarterback Connor Brewer wasn't sure what kind of interest would be there when he announced his decision to transfer from Texas, but it didn't take long to find out.
"Right when I got my release, it blew up on social media, and within hours there was contact," Brewer told Orangebloods.com.
"I haven't dealt with much. My parents have dealt with it most. And it's obviously a great thing, because before the release you don't know what kind of interest will be out there, because you can't talk to schools while you're still at a school.
"Getting that interest early is a relief. Not that I didn't think there'd be interest from schools. It just reassured me there are places out there that are interested."
Alabama, Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, Tennessee, Louisville and San Diego State are among the schools that have expressed interest in Brewer.
He said the thought of transferring was in the "back of my head for a month and a half" and that he began seriously considering it "the past two weeks."
"I had gone back and forth about the pros and cons of staying or going," Brewer said.
"At the end of the day, I thought it was best for me to transfer, because I think there are places out there that need a quarterback and will give me a shot at a starting position after I sit out a year. That was the biggest thing, just the chance to play quicker - get into a system and have the chance to be the guy.
"Obviously, leaving a school like Texas is very hard because of how great a school it is, because of football, academics and everything. But at the end of the day, transferring was the best decision for me, and that's why I made it."
Could Brewer possibly end up at Arkansas State with former Texas offensive play caller Bryan Harsin?
"Obviously, Bryan Harsin recruited me, and I think he's a great coach," Brewer said. "I haven't been in contact with Coach Harsin. So I don't know if that's something that will occur. If he gets in contact with me, that could be a consideration. But I don't know at this point. It's a great program with a great coach, so you never know, it could happen."
Brewer said he doesn't have a favored destination at this point and isn't necessarily looking to move closer to home (Scottsdale, Arizona).
Teammates have expressed disappointment about Brewer transferring. Receiver Cayleb Jones tweeted Wednesday, "I'm down about my boy C-Brew leaving. He played a big role in getting a lot of us to Texas. He's a natural leader."
Brewer said he took pride in trying to convince other members of his 2012 recruiting class to come to Texas.
"Obviously, seeing all that stuff from my teammates makes me sad, because I tried to recruit a lot of guys for a reason," Brewer said. "I thought we could be a powerhouse, and I think Texas will be that because of the program they have.
"It's sad to build up a class like that and then have to leave. But you have to do what's best for yourself. Things change, and you have to move on to the next chapter of your life."
Brewer said he's 6-2 and 202 pounds and wants to get to at least 210 pounds.
"With a transfer, I'll have to sit out a year, so hopefully I can get bigger, faster, smarter and stronger," Brewer said.
I asked Brewer if he was surprised at how quickly true freshman Tyrone Swoopes moved up the depth chart, causing Jalen Overstreet to move positions from QB to RB/WR after the spring.
"I wasn't surprised," Brewer said. "I think Tyrone's a great player. Coaches do what's best for the program, and if that's what's best for the program, that's great.
"I definitely like Tyrone as a person and think he will do great things for the University of Texas. It was just in my best interest to go somewhere else and get a fresh start."