CLASS OF 2017: CADE BREWER
Lake Travis TE (6-3, 232)
HOW DID HE GET HERE?: Only one other 2017 signee lived closer to the UT campus than Brewer, yet his road to the Longhorns’ 2017 class certainly was a long and winding one. Brewer initially committed to SMU — and former Lake Travis head coach Chad Morris — on April 20, 2016. Then offers from the bigger schools started coming in. Texas didn’t offer him until early December, about a week after Tom Herman was hired, and Brewer decommitted from SMU and pledged to UT all on the same day three weeks later, on Dec. 23.
STAR RATING: 3
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 988th; Fab 55, not ranked; Position, 46th
MILES TO AUSTIN: 19
AT LAKE TRAVIS: Distinguished himself as one of the state’s most prolific prep tight ends, earning all-state honors and combining for 115 catches for 1,664 yards and 29 touchdowns his final two years. He led the Cavaliers to back-to-back Class 6A state championship games, a junior-year loss to Katy (and current UT running back Kyle Porter) in 2015 and then last year’s championship win over The Woodlands. Was one of 12 Cavaliers to sign with a school on signing day.
2014: 3 catches for 70 yards, 1 TD
2015: 51 catches for 813 yards, 15 TDs
2016: 64 catches for 851 yards, 14 TDs
WHAT HE’S WALKING INTO: It’s all there for the taking, either because of injury (Andrew Beck) or jurisprudence (Reese Leitao). Charlie Strong didn’t have much use for pass-catching tight ends, but Herman loves ’em. Beck’s a former linebacker, Garrett Gray’s a former wide receiver and Peyton Aucoin’s a blocker, not a catcher.
THEY SAID IT: “I’ve been bleeding orange for a while now.” — Brewer
DID YOU KNOW?
- Brewer will need to find a new number; the No. 10 he wore at Lake Travis has been retired at Texas. (Thanks, Vince.) Brewer wore No. 16 for UT’s signing day photo shoot, which may have reminded fans of former tight ends Jermichael Finley and David Thomas. Brewer said he wouldn’t mind getting that number, but there’s a slight problem: Freshman receiver Davion Curtis wore No. 16 this spring.
- Brewer is not related to Charlie Brewer, Lake Travis’ quarterback the past two years who signed with Baylor. But Cade does have a brother who was an impact player at Lake Travis; John Brewer was a three-year linebacker at Lake Travis who played one season at Colorado School of Mines.
- Brewer’s father, Bob, played college golf at McLennan College, Houston and McNeese State. His grandfather John played golf at Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin. Brewer lists golf as a hobby; he’s a member of Spanish Oaks and says he shoots in the 80s, but never had ambitions about playing golf at Lake Travis, which won three straight state titles from 2011-13.
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