Player analysis, recruitment capsule and big picture recruiting implications surrounding recent Notre Dame quarterback commit Brandon Wimbush
Profile: Brandon Wimbush
Location: Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
Height: 6'1 1/2"
Rank: Four-star, No. 11 ranked quarterback
"At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Wimbush is big, physical, runs well and has good mechanics, although his delivery will need to be shortened since he sometimes drops the ball low as he gets ready to fire a ball with extra velocity. His arm and feet work in unison, and he throws a beautiful, high-arching deep ball, and the ball spins well and comes out of his hand free and easy. The biggest thing Wimbush needs to improve upon is his accuracy on the mid-range throws." - Scout.com national analyst Brian Dohn
for film breakdown and live eval.
for in-depth review of his performance at The Opening.
In May of 2014, Wimbush committed to Penn State over finalists Boston College, Miami, Ohio State and Virginia Tech. Other schools of note on his offer list include Michigan State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
In July, Wimbush received an offer from Stanford, which he seriously considered before deciding distance from home was too big of a factor.
Wimbush and Notre Dame
did not connect on a serious and formal level until well into his senior season. Wimbush took an official visit to Notre Dame for the Irish's win over Stanford, and he flipped his commitment to the Irish just three days later.
"Brandon Wimbush has officially decommitted from Penn State and has committed to Notre Dame. He took the visit to clarify things in his mind, and I'm glad the visit proved fruitful for him. If he had come back and felt stronger about Penn State, then that would have been great. But I think the visit made him rethink his options. He had a great visit and I think he feels really comfortable, and I think he feels like it's a great fit so I'm happy for him." - St. Peter's Prep head coach, Rich Hansen
""Life decision, lot of prayer, a lot of soul searching made me re-think my goals. Thank you Penn State, but I'm commiting (to) the Fighting Irish!" - Wimbush via Twitter to announce his commitment to Notre Dame
"It has been known that my arm strength is up there with some of the best of them, so that is one, and I also feel I can extend plays if I need to. My arm is probably talked about the most though." - Wimbush at The Opening
What this means for Notre Dame
Simply put, winning attracts elite players. Irish Eyes postulated in August that if Notre Dame, and specifically Everett Golson, had a great season, then one would be hard-pressed to believe that an elite quarterback committed elsewhere would not turn his attention to the Irish.
Wimbush possesses every tool in the book to become an elite quarterback at Notre Dame. His dual-threat ability combined with tangible arm strength and intangible intelligence, leadership, competitive nature and feel for the game classify him as an elite quarterback prospect in the class of 2015. It is not an exaggeration to say his "upside" is limitless at this point.
Notre Dame will still look to secure a commitment from an elite quarterback in the 2016 class. Five-star Malik Henry
of Westlake (Calif.) High has the Irish high on his list, and a final decision could come this month or next. Florida State is the primary competition.
Notre Dame's quarterback depth in 2015
5th year - Everett Golson (RS)
Junior - Malik Zaire (RS)
Sophomore - DeShone Kizer (RS), Montgomery VanGorder (RS)
Freshman - Brandon Wimbush