Wimbush Makes Another Stop in State College

The New Jersey four-star signal caller wanted to see University Park one more time before making his college decision. What did he discover on this trip to Penn State?

Brandon Wimbush had already visited Penn State once this off-season. By the time Saturday morning rolled around, he decided he wanted to visit again.

So the Class of 2015 quarterback from St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J., traveled to University Park for Penn State's fourth spring practice. He didn't just see practice, though. The four-star signal caller also chatted with a commit (tailback Andre Robinson) and the Lions' coaching staff.

"I wanted to go to a spring practice since it is the last time I will get to State College before my decision in June," Wimbush said. "I wanted to be around the guys and watch them practice. It was good.

"Just seeing the atmosphere and being around the football team and seeing the brotherhood they have and the coaching staff. It's probably different in a closed practice, but I don't know. The intensity was great. It was awesome."

Wimbush previously had know PSU quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne from him days at Vanderbilt, so the trip was more about growing on a relationship, not building it.

"I have a good impression built on Coach Rahne," Wimbush said. "He's a really cool guy and laid back. He would definitely develop me to where I want to be, and with [head] Coach [James] Franklin being an offensive-minded quarterback coach, that's awesome."

The junior also got a glimpse into the Lions' quarterback room, which features returning freshman All-American Christian Hackenberg, January enrollee Michael O'Connor and a pair of walk-ons.

"They're solid right now with Hackenberg," Wimbush said. "I was told that he is learning the new offense well and studying and everything. He has it down pat, and he's an awesome guy.

"They said they have O'Connor behind him and a couple other guys, and they said these are the guys I would be competing with if I came to Penn State."

With a decision date in mind, the Garden State signal caller said he plans to visit Virginia Tech Saturday. He added he may make stops at Stanford, Florida State and Ohio State before deciding.

If Saturday was indeed his last trip to State College before the decision, the junior said he left with a good impression. After all, it was a day that reinforced what the Lions have to offer, rather than a stream of new ideas and pitches.

"It's a great place to be," Wimbush said. "I've been told I needed to see [the new staff] for myself, and it's a great place and definitely one of my top schools. They are always in my head and definitely a place I will consider.

"The practice was a real big part of what I wanted to see before I make my decision, and it really made a good impression with the tempo and how they do things. It was good."

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