January 20, 2007

Mack extends first 2008 scholarship offer

The normal pattern for the Texas Longhorns when it comes to recruiting juniors is to not extend any scholarship offers until the program signs its current crop of senior prospects. So, in the case of players from the 2008, guys that are already picking up scholarship offers from programs all around the country, the Longhorns will not offer a formal scholarship until the 2007 class signs its letters of intent in early February.

But, just like in any situation, there are always exceptions.

Earlier this week, the Longhorns handed out their first offer for 2008, and it went to an out-of-state prospect that the staff has known for years. Denver J.K. Mullen safety Nolan Brewster, the son of former Texas assistant and recently-named Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster, earned the offer from Texas and he's got the paper to prove it.

"I sent my tape to Texas and a few weeks later the DB coach, Duane Akina, called me back and said he really liked the tape and they'd be in touch," said Brewster. "He was texting me a little bit and then, I want to say, last Saturday, coach Brown and said I've got the offer. And then the letter came on Monday.

"I've always liked Texas and to get a scholarship from them is really an honor. It's an honor to know that they think that I can play at The University of Texas. Coach Brown is such a great coach and that program is always in the top 10 or better To get an offer from a program like that is just unbelievable."

While it's still very early and Brewster said he's open to anybody and everybody at this stage, he listed Texas, Notre Dame, Florida, Georgia Tech, Oregon and USC as the schools that have caught his early attention. And of course, with his father coaching at Minnesota, the Golden Gophers are also in the mix, but Brewster said it's a mistake to assume that he'll automatically wind up at Minnesota.

"Just because my dad is the head coach, doesn't mean that I'm going to go there. Not at all," he said. "I'm definitely going to consider them. We'll see what happens. People will say that, that because my dad coaches there that I'll go there, but that's not the case at all."

Brewster said he does not have any plans for junior days or trips during the spring, and he's undecided on if he'll try to make an early commitment or take his time with the recruiting process. One school that he said will likely get at least one official or unofficial visit is Texas.

"I would love to come out (to Austin)," he said. "They want to get me out there to check out the campus. I don't have any plans right now. It's been so hectic lately, but I'm sure I'll get out there."

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