Connor Brewer has gotten a significant head start on his recruitment by taking unofficial trips to USC and Texas this season and that will continue later this month when the 2012 quarterback from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral goes to see the Alabama-Auburn game.
Brewer, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound pro-style quarterback, is one of the best on the West Coast next recruiting cycle and this way he can get some visits finished early so when it's time to start narrowing his list he'll have a good sense of what he likes and dislikes.
"It's to get a little jumpstart on everything," Brewer said. "It's good when you're kind of narrowing your list to know where you want to be, what school you want to be at. It's good to have already seen the atmosphere, the campus, the facilities and everything. I'm happy I could do it early."
Scottsdale Chaparral is still in the playoffs so Brewer, who's thrown for 2,124 yards with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions this season, said he probably won't seriously focus on recruiting until the springtime but taking some trips has been worthwhile.
Even though Texas is struggling mightily this season he said the Longhorns thoroughly impressed him when he saw them against Baylor.
"I thought it was a great program, I liked all the coaches and I got to meet with them a little bit and talk with them," Brewer said.
"I liked everybody over there. It was a good atmosphere and there were a lot of nice people. Texas was a great place. It was fun over there. Even though they didn't win it didn't really change my mindset on Texas all that much.
"Their coaching staff does a great job preparing you for the next level. There are a lot of great colleges that do that and I know Texas is one of a handful of great college programs that prepares people exceptionally well for the next level."
He's hoping the Alabama trip - with all of its publicity - can live up to expectations as well.
"It's going to be awesome, I can't wait to see what it's going to be like to go down to Alabama," said Brewer, who has verbal offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Nebraska. "I'm expecting a lot so hopefully it's what I'm expecting."
Brewer is not the only standout junior at Chaparral. Wide receiver Davonte Neal is a big-time national prospect with lots of early offers so there's a chance the two can play together in college or be considered a package deal.
Brewer said each will consider what's best for their situation but that he'd love to play with Neal, who has 756 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
"He's one of the best players I've ever played with," Brewer said.
"If he's going to play with me that would obviously help me a lot but at the same time I'm looking at where I want to go to school and if he's at the same place I want to go play then that's just a bonus."