January 23, 2008
Brewer 'pretty solid' with Purdue
When Andrew Brewer first learned of Purdue's succession plan, he was a bit surprised.
But after learning the details - Joe Tiller will give way to Danny Hope after the 2008 season - the Purdue verbal commitment's initial shock subsided.
"I kind of got over it really quickly because it's good for (Tiller to be able to retire on his terms)," said Brewer, a 6-foot-2, 265-pound center, "and it's good as well that they found the right guy to be the next coach."
That sentiment was further solidified last week, when Tiller and Hope visited Brewer's home in Ona, W.V., for dinner. At that point, the two Purdue coaches outlined the transition plan and how Brewer fit.
"Basically when they started talking to me, everything was answered," Brewer said. "There weren't really any more questions that I had to ask.
"I don't see anything changing. I'm pretty solid with Purdue."
A three-star Rivals.com prospect - he was recently bumped up - Brewer has only the Purdue offer, but he had received some interest from West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee among others before verballing to the Boilers in May.
After playing guard at Cabell Midland his senior season, Brewer's expected to make the move to center his freshman year in West Lafayette. He'll do so with a different position coach than originally anticipated, as Hope will spend the '08 season directing the offensive line.
Former interior O-line coach Bill Legg, who was also Brewer's primary recruiter, is taking an administrative position at the University.
"There was some disappointment, because I had known him through this whole process," Brewer said of Legg, who he first met while camping at West Virginia when Legg was an assistant in Morgantown. "But then again, it's great that we found a new coach and I hope to move on with him."
Brewer says it's hard to argue with Hope's success as an offensive line coach, especially during his five-year stint at Purdue from 1997-2001. During his tenure, Hope coached seven players who went on to the NFL, five of whom are still playing on Sundays.
"I think it's great," Brewer said. "He's sent some people to the NFL. He knows a lot about what he's talking about. We had discussions while he was at my house and he seems like he'll be a great position coach."
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