Former Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer announced on his Twitter account Sunday afternoon that he plans to transfer to Virginia Tech in June and join the battle to become the Hokies’ next starting signal caller.
Brewer is on track to graduate from Texas Tech this year and will have immediate eligibility to play in the fall because of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule. He just completed his redshirt sophomore campaign with the Red Raiders.
A three-star recruit from outside Austin, Brewer should add some more experience to a competition that also includes senior Mark Leal, redshirt sophomore Christian Motley and freshmen Andrew Ford, Chris Durkin and Travon McMillian, an All-Met from Hylton High. But like the others, Brewer has never started a college game before.
Virginia Tech lost three-year starter Logan Thomas to graduation following an 8-5 season that ended with a 42-12 defeat to UCLA in the 2013 Sun Bowl. In that game, Thomas suffered a concussion and Leal performed poorly in relief.
Hokies Coach Frank Beamer still named Leal the leader to replace Thomas heading into spring practice, but offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler has made it clear since National Signing Day that the quarterback position remains wide open.
Brewer was coached in high school by Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Rivals rated him the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback in the country when he signed with Texas Tech in 2011. During two seasons with the Red Raiders, he appeared in 13 games and completed 41 of his 58 career pass attempts for 440 yards and five touchdowns.
Listed at 6 feet 1, 185 pounds, Brewer originally wanted to transfer closer to home at either Texas or TCU. But Texas Tech restricted him from going to another Big 12 school. He visited Blacksburg, Va., and met with Beamer and Loeffler this weekend.