August 23, 2010

Brewer looking for second consecutive title

Austin (Texas) Lake Travis QB Michael Brewer is a little under a week away from his final season opener as a high school quarterback. With the opportunity to capture a fourth-straight state championship for the Lake Travis Cavaliers, Brewer is ready to get the process under way.

"We're playing Westlake next Saturday and we're really excited. It's been going really well. We just finished up two-a-days and we got through that. It's a grind, as everyone knows. Surviving the heat and getting better is a huge deal," Michael said. "We had a scrimmage against Bastrop, who won their district on the 5A level last year, and it went well. We looked pretty good for our first time out. We're looking to build off of that for Westlake because they're a really good team. We're going to be on a big stage playing at DKR and that's just going to make the game that much more exciting. It's week one of a long season and I'm looking forward to it, to say the least."

When you play for state championships as regularly as Lake Travis does, it's easy to see that there is one defined goal heading into the season. Michael has, of course, also set some lofty expectations for himself in his senior campaign. No individual achievement, however, comes before the team.

"Of course everyone has individual goals, but it's not something that I'm going to let get in the way of our team achieving what we want to achieve, which is a fourth straight championship," he said. "I think individually, though, I'd like to rush for a thousand yards this year. Our running game is going to be a little bit more on my shoulders than it was last season. I'd also like to throw for close to five thousand yards. None of that stuff is more important than winning, though. That's what we're here to do."

Brewer won't have to divide his attention between football and recruiting. The process has all but been brought to an official close. "There's not anything to update, not at all. I've pretty much turned my phone off to any school that's calling except for Texas Tech. I'm 100% a Red Raider right now, and I will be all the way through."

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has yet to confirm an official visit to Lubbock this fall, but has his sights set on the weekend of September 18th. "I still need to talk to Coach (Neal) Brown to finalize some things. I'd like for my family to be able to come with me on my official. That's one of the only weeks they could come," he said. "My dad coaches my younger brother's football team, which plays on Saturdays. That kind of gets in the way a little bit, but I think that's their off-week so my official visit will probably be that weekend of the Texas game."

Several Texas Tech commits have mentioned the coaches wanting them to take officials after the season is complete, in order to maximize their one-on-one time. Brewer has heard the same thoughts, but is under a little different circumstances than some others. "I've gotten the same thing, but it's a little different with me. I'm graduating early so I'll be there right after the season is over. So, the only time that I really could do it would be during the season."

"I'd like to take an official visit and another unofficial, if possible. I'd just like to get up there and hang out, enjoy the game and enjoy Lubbock. I'm not positive that will happen, but ideally that's what I'd like to do. Hopefully we can get it done."

Brewer committed to Texas Tech in March over offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, East Carolina, Kansas, Rice, Tennessee, Texas, and Tulsa.

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