The recruitment of Lake Travis tight end Cade Brewer will come to an official end in the next several days when the SMU Mustangs commit decides whether to stick with his pledge to head coach Chad Morris or flip to the Texas Longhorns.
Expect that decision by the end of the week.
Longhorns head coach Tom Herman offered Brewer after watching him in action during the playoffs in early December and Brewer subsequently made the short trip to Austin for a visit on December 10, according to Scout, six days after picking up his offer.
Brewer originally pledged to the Mustangs in April and maintained his commitment despite offers from schools like Oklahoma and Texas A&M, suggesting a high level of belief in Morris and his staff.
However, Morris was a candidate for the Baylor job this fall and is unlikely to still be in Highland Park by the time that Brewer exhausts his eligibility. An A&M alum, Morris could be holding out for the Aggie job if current head coach Kevin Sumlin has another average season and gets terminated.
Brewer does also have another tie to the program — his high school teammate and quarterback, Charlie Brewer, is also committed to SMU and appears unlikely to change his mind. The two aren’t related, but the connection that they’ve build at Lake Travis could help keep one of his favorite targets destined for the Metroplex.
Texas, on the other hand, has a significant need at the tight end position with only two scholarship players on campus and represents an opportunity for the Brewer family to see their son play his college football minutes away from their home.
The industry predicts that Brewer won’t be able to turn down that chance, as there are currently seven projections in the 247Sports Crystal Ball that the 6’3, 223-pounder will end up a Longhorn.
A consensus three-star prospect, Brewer is ranked as the No. 1,087 player nationally, the No. 50 tight end, and the No. 148 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. However, Brewer’s high school production and and the lack of tight ends on campus make him more valuable to the Longhorns than those rankings might otherwise suggest.