Over the years, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Penn State Nittany Lions have exchanged several blows. On Wednesday, Notre Dame won an off the field battle when top quarterback recruit Brandon Wimbush changed his commitment from Penn State to the Fighting Irish. Wimbush spent this past weekend on an official visit to the school before formally announcing his intentions to become a member of the Notre Dame program.
The Top 100 recruit is among the best dual threat quarterbacks in the nation and takes the spot of former Fighting Irish commit Blake Barnett, who jumped ship for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Wimbush’s name now surfaces as someone who could take over command under center in the post-Everett Golson era.
Wimbush took to twitter to make his decision public knowledge. “Life decision, lot of prayer, a lot of soul searching made me re-think my goals. Thank you Penn State, but I’m committing to the Fighting Irish!” the tweet read.
“It was the best decision I could’ve made for myself. It was in my best interests and it gives me the opportunity that I need for myself to succeed,” Wimbush said, in an interview with Rivals.com.
The Jersey City native and St. Peter’s Prep product has elite speed, and throws the ball with poise and accuracy from the pocket. His game is eerily similar to that of Golson, who has shined in Brian Kelly’s offensive scheme and took the Irish to the 2012 BCS Championship as just a sophomore.
The fourth ranked Fighting Irish face another tough test this weekend when the North Carolina Tar Heels come to South Bend on Saturday.
*Section Photo credit to Don Smith, North Jersey Record; Featured Photo (above) credit to Tom Hauck, Student Sports