Film Study: Notre Dame QB commit Brandon Wimbush
QB commit Brandon Wimbush, 6-2, 210; Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep.
The numbers: Wimbush completed 192 of his 265 passes (72 percent) for 3,187 yards and 37 touchdowns with just five interceptions as senior. He also gained 723 rushing yards with nine more touchdowns.
The rankings: Rivals – four stars, No. 2 dual-threat quarterback, No. 38 overall. 247Sports – four stars, No. 5 dual-threat quarterback, No. 79 overall.
First impression: Wimbush is a polished quarterback with a strong arm and great feet. His efficiency shows a higher level of offensive knowledge than most high school quarterbacks. Wimbush may fit head coach Brian Kelly’s offense better than any quarterback he’s landed to date at Notre Dame.
Strengths: Wimbush throws deep balls with ease. His balance in the pocket, courtesy of precise footwork, allows him, with his strong arm, to deliver throws beyond the coverage of opposing defenses. Wimbush shows great patience with the ball in his hands and keeps his eyes moving between different receiving targets. He has the ability to make plays with his feet but prefers to find somewhere to deliver the ball if he can. Wimbush has above-average vision as a runner on both designed runs and scrambles when a pass play breaks down. When Wimbush decides to run, he gets north and south quickly and avoids defenders well.
He did what? The film starts with Wimbush throwing a ball nearly 65 yards in the air. The ball drops perfectly into the arms of his wide receiver in an impressive display of arm strength and accuracy. Finding a receiver that can outrun Wimbush’s arm might be a challenge.
Competition level: St. Peter’s Prep plays against some of the top competition in New Jersey. It finished 3-0 against state powers Bergen Catholic and Paramus Catholic. The only loss of the year came against the talented IMG Academy (10-1) from Bradenton, Fla. Wimbush’s team ended the season at No. 10 in the country in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25.
Left to prove: Behind a dominant offensive line, Wimbush was sacked just twice as a senior. He likely won’t be able to stay that clean at Notre Dame. How Wimbush reacts to pressure from defenses will determine his ceiling as a college quarterback. Wimbush will also have to throw in tighter windows in college. His receivers at St. Peter’s Prep were open a lot and allowed for easier throws. Wimbush will need to have a command for short timing routes in Notre Dame’s offense.
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