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Charlie Brewer following Baker Mayfield’s path to college success

Three years ago, then-Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was chatting about one of his favorite subjects — Lake Travis High School football. To that point, Mayfield’s Austin, Texas, alma mater had produced four Power 5 starting quarterbacks in a decade.

But in Mayfield’s opinion, one of the best was still on the way.

“Watch out for Charlie Brewer,” he claimed then.official nfl jerseys

Now — following in the footsteps of Mayfield as an undersized and under-recruited, yet ultra-productive high school state champion — Brewer has made good on Mayfield’s prognostication. And, not only has Brewer already emerged as the starting quarterback at Baylor, he has the Bears believing they could be in for a big bounce-back campaign following a 1-11 finish in coach Matt Rhule’s debut season.

“After seeing him play now, am I surprised now that more people didn’t offer him? Absolutely,” Rhule said. “I know people might have looked at his height. … but he’s a competitor, and he’s certainly big enough. He’s certainly fast.

“And I know we’re lucky to have him.”252

Until Rhule was hired at Baylor in December of 2016, Brewer was mired in a situation similar to what Mayfield endured as a high school senior.

Despite totaling 61 touchdowns with only two interceptions on the way to leading Lake Travis to the state title at Texas’ highest classification, Brewer didn’t have a single Power 5 scholarship offer. As a result, he’d committed to SMU and Chad Morris, whose coaching career, coincidentally, had begun at Lake Travis.

“Because Lake Travis had been pretty good, I think teams viewed me as a system guy — that’s the term I heard a lot and that’s what Baker had been told,” Brewer said of Mayfield, whose only offers came from Washington State, where to get nfl jerseys cheap Florida Atlantic, New Mexico and Rice, which prompted him to walk on to Texas Tech before ultimately transferring to Oklahoma. “Me and Baker, we’re not the tallest guys at 6-foot, 6-foot-1. So, I think height and the label as a system quarterback were setbacks for both of us.”

That Lake Travis system, however, had developed Todd Reesing, who, despite being 5-foot-11, took Kansas to the 2008 Orange Bowl. It also produced Brewer’s older brother Michael, who started for Texas Tech, then, after transferring to Virginia Tech, was the only quarterback in 2014 to defeat national champion Ohio State.