Connor Brewer: Choice will take time

Former Texas quarterback Connor Brewer said Thursday that Alabama, Notre Dame, Stanford, Louisville, UCLA, Arizona and Tennessee have reached out to express interest in him transferring.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound redshirt freshman announced earlier this week that he was leaving the Longhorns but did not say why.

"Coach [Mack] Brown was great," Brewer told ESPN. "He understood the situation and basically said, 'You're free to go where you want.'"

Brewer said he committed to Texas before his junior year of high school and learned a lesson from having gone through the process.

"I signed early," he said. "I learned to take my time and really be more tedious in researching everything. I'm going to take my time and not be stubborn about anything."

Brewer said he wants to go to a school that gives him a chance to compete for a starting position.

"To leave a great school like Texas, you're going to do all your diligence and research," Brewer said. "I want a chance to compete. I want to find a place that fits me."

Brewer was highly sought after out of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral High School in 2012. An Under Armour All-American, he was the No. 130 recruit in the ESPN 300 and the No. 7 quarterback.

A four-star recruit, he ended his high school career by becoming the first quarterback in Arizona history to win three consecutive state titles as the starting quarterback. He finished his career with a 41-2 record.

Brewer also set an Arizona big-school record with 100 career touchdown passes. In 686 career attempts, of which he completed 441 for 7,574 yards, he threw only 17 interceptions. That equates to one interception out of every 40 passes thrown.

Information from HornsNation reporter William Wilkerson was included in this report.