With only two scholarship tight ends on the roster for the 2017 season, the position represents a huge need for the Texas Longhorns. As a result, new head coach Tom Herman reportedly extended an offer to SMU Mustangs commit Cade Brewer on Sunday.
If the last name sounds familiar, it’s because Michael Brewer played quarterback at Lake Travis before heading to Texas Tech and then Virginia Tech. His younger brother, Charlie, is now the quarterback for the Cavaliers.
However, Cade is not related to Charlie and Michael, whose father Robert played quarterback at Texas.
The Lake Travis product is a 6’3, 223-pounder ranked as a consensus three-star prospect, the No. 1056 player nationally, the No. 47 tight end, and the No. 140 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
In late April, Brewer committed to SMU before seeing his recruitment take off — he received offers from Texas A&M, Kansas State, and Oklahoma in the following weeks, but stuck with his original decision.
A large part of the reason was his relationship with SMU head coach Chad Morris, who coached at Lake Travis before leaving to become the offensive coordinator at Clemson. The Cavaliers still run the same offense Morris currently employs in Highland Park.
A versatile prospect who plays in a variety of positions for Lake Travis — split out as a wide receiver, lined up in the backfield as an H-back, and on the line of scrimmage as a tight end — Brewer caught 51 passes for 813 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior.
As a senior, he apparently impressed Herman and likely tight ends coach Corby Meekins against Westlake on Friday night when the staff was in attendance to watch him play.
Brewer had six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown in the 51-3 Lake Travis victory and now has 53 catches for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns.
After seeing news of the offer, Longhorns quarterback commit Sam Ehlinger got to work recruiting Brewer:
Shoutout to @CadeBrew10 for picking up an offer from UT today! Texas fans show him some love and make sure he's playing in DKR next year!— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) December 4, 2016
Texas currently has seven pledges in the 2017 recruiting class.