The Opening: Reviewing Brandon Wimbush

With The Opening complete, Scout.com takes a look at each member of the East Region to perform at the event. This installment features Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep quarterback and Penn State commit Brandon Wimbush.

Brandon Wimbush

School: Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep
Position: Quarterback
Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 212
40-yard dash: 4.62
Shuttle: 4.09
Vertical jump: 32.7
Ranking change: No. 191 to No. 192

Recruiting situation: Wimbush is committed to Penn State, but the chatter at The Opening was Stanford remained in the picture. Wimbush camped there last month and earned an offer and while he said he was 100 percent committed to the Nittany Lions, there was an undercurrent of chatter that Stanford remains very much involved. However, it helped Stanford did not have a commit at the event, and Penn State had three other commits there.

Scouting Report: Wimbush had the best Sparq rating (123.03) of any of the quarterbacks, and was one of the 12 quarterbacks to compete in each event of the testing. His 40 time and shuttle run were the best among the quarterbacks, and that speaks to his top end speed and his ability to change direction.

During the Elite 11, Wimbush wowed with his arm strength and his ability to fit the ball into tight windows. Throughout The Opening, Wimbush spun the ball well and showed off his NFL-level arm strength. His big hands also helped him uncork a few throws that had receivers shaking their hands after the catch.

Wimbush still needs to work on his touch and not trying to throw everything maximum velocity, and one of the things he will work on is shortening his delivery, especially on short and intermediate throws. He made good decisions and spread the ball around, and he always looked calm and in control.

He is a dual-threat quarterback, but The Opening is not set up to measure a quarterback’s versatility, so a key component of his game is not on display.

His slight drop in the Scout 300 had nothing to do with his performance or ability. It was a result of a player outside of the East Region moving up.

What was learned: Having seen Wimbush live about 20 times in the last three years, there isn’t much that will change. The only thing to see was how he would perform on a national stage with the best talent in the country, and he did fine. He had the strongest arm at the competition. He is tremendous prospect, which is why he is rated the No. 12 quaterback in the 2015 class, and continues to progress well with his development.


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