Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush on his grad transfer plans and what he’ll look for in his next college program
Mike Berardino, IndyStar
Now that the news that Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush is looking to transfer has leaked out, potential suitors are lining up.
The redshirt senior has one year of eligibility remaining and does not have to sit out a season as an underclassman transfer must.
Here’s a preliminary look at what schools might be interested in the former St. Peter’s Prep star from Teaneck:
Wimbush originally committed to the Nittany Lions out of high school, but decided on ND instead.
Coach James Franklin could be in the market for a quarterback after Trace McSorley plays his final game against Kentucky in Tuesday’s Citrus Bowl. Tommy Stevens, the assumed successor, is facing surgery for an injury Penn State has not disclosed.
After that, Franklin has little-used sophomores Sean Clifford and Will Levis and incoming freshmen Michael Johnson Jr., a four-star recruit from Oregon, and former DePaul star Taquan Roberson.
Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash has said he’s not interested in a graduate transfer for one season. Maybe his mind is changed with Wimbush, who’s thrown for 2,606 yards and 20 touchdowns and run for 1,155 yards and 16 TDs, available.
Ash can only hope Artur Sitkowski doesn’t have too many emotional scars from playing too much as a freshman. His only other QBs are incoming freshman Cole Snyder and former Bergen Catholic star Johnny Langan, who was a redshirt freshman at Boston College before he left when he was asked to change positions.
New Terps coach Mike Locksley is thinking big: He wants to grab Jalen Hurts if the Alabama quarterback, who was a backup for much of this season after leading the Tide to the national championship game, decides to leave Nick Saban, which is the biggest rumor on the college front.
If he can’t get Hurst, Wimbush would be quite the consolation prize.
If Dwayne Haskins decides after the Rose Bowl game to leave early for the NFL, new coach Ryan Day could be interested in Wimbush.
Wimbush could bridge the gap between Haskins and Justin Fields, the Georgia transfer who supposedly could move to Columbus.
Wimbush’s mother lives in the Atlanta area, so her commute to see her son play would be reduced significantly.
New coach Geoff Collins wants to wean Tech off former coach Paul Johnson’s Navy-like option offense and Wimbush, even with his 50.5 percent passing accuracy, could be the man for the job.