Connor Brewer has seen USC and Texas play this season so it takes a lot to impress the 2012 quarterback from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral but his weekend trip to Alabama might have just done it.
Brewer, who now has early offers from the Crimson Tide, Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska and Tennessee, said the Alabama-Auburn experience was like nothing else he's ever experienced.
"It was awesome," Brewer said. "The environment and atmosphere was crazy. It was one of the best football games I was to in my life.
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"Going to see the coaches and the people was a great experience. (Coach Nick Saban) is obviously a knowledgeable guy and a great football coach. He inspires you just talking to you because he's such a determined guy."
One of the memories that will remain with Brewer after this weekend was Saban allowed him to try on his national championship, SEC championship and BCS rings during the visit. It was just a showcase of the Alabama program and its place in college football.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect has now been offered by the Crimson Tide as well which means it's a real possibility that he could play for Saban after his senior season.
"It s a great college town and I thought it was one of the coolest places I've been to," Brewer said.
"It's realistic now that I can ultimately end up going there. The trip was awesome. I'm probably going to get down there again for a spring practice. The game and the atmosphere were crazy. There wasn't much not to like."
Brewer is most likely done traveling this football season and will instead focus on leading Chaparral to a state title. Getting out a few weekends this season to some of the nation's high-profile programs was an invaluable experience and a big-time jumpstart on the recruiting process.
"It's good to go see everything the earliest I can," Brewer said. "It gives me an edge on things. When I'm narrowing down I know what to expect and it will make things easier when I'm looking at all the schools."