Local Lake Travis tight end Cade Brewer is staying home to play college football, as the three-star SMU Mustangs commit flipped to the Texas Longhorns on Friday via Twitter:
I'm a Longhorn #HookEm pic.twitter.com/djhSlgx9oS— Cade Brewer (@CadeBrew10) December 23, 2016
Cavaliers head coach Hank Carter first revealed the news to the Austin American-Statesman prior to Brewer’s official announcement.
Texas coaches and support staff quickly reacted:
Ka'BOOOOOOOM! The Longhorns just got TWO big timers on board! #HookEm #WhosNext pic.twitter.com/u2KfROvTOw— Derek Warehime (@CoachDWarehime) December 23, 2016
Let's GO!!! Two commits! This last commit has Santa dancing! #HookEm #TexasForever pic.twitter.com/qsCw5AnX7f— Corby Meekins (@corbymeekins) December 23, 2016
#BUCKETS!!! Latest commitment brings a championship pedigree to the Horns! #HookEm #JustGettingStarted pic.twitter.com/rYb4D9ZHLb— Derek Chang (@dchang10) December 23, 2016
Despite Power Five programs such as Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State extending offers, Brewer remained solid to his April pledge to head coach Chad Morris and SMU.
Things changed when Tom Herman and the ‘Horns joined the mix with an offer on December 4. Brewer reportedly visited Texas the following week and had since been favored to flip and become the 10th member of Herman’s 2017 class.
More notably, considering Herman’s bulk bidding on the tight end market, Texas landed a pass-catching option for a roster with little proven depth — Brewer should compete for reps from day one.
Brewer becomes the third Texas commit of the Herman era, following JUCO kicker Josh Rowland and Georgia running back flip Toneil Carter.
At 6’3 and 223 pounds, Brewer ranks as the No. 50 tight end and the No. 148 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite. He hauled in 62 receptions for 813 yards and 13 touchdowns en route to the 6A Division I state title with Lake Travis.