By Otis Kirk
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported on Christmas Eve that Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush will transfer following his team’s run in the College Football Playoff.
Wimbush, 6-foot-2, 222-pounds, will be a graduate transfer and have one season to play at his new school. Notre Dame faces Clemson on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs. He will serve as the backup quarterback to Ian Book.
He redshirted in 2016 after playing sparingly as a true freshman in 2015. He has completed 193 of 382 passes for 2,606 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Wimbush has rushed 215 times for 1,156 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Wimbush started the first three games this fall and led the team to three victories. He was replaced by Book for the Wake Forest game. He did return to start the Florida State game on Nov. 10. He led Notre Dame to a 42-13 victory. In the game, Wimbush completed 12 of 25 passes for 130 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed 12 times for 68 yards.
In Week 3, Notre Dame defeated Vanderbilt 22-17. Wimbush completed 13 of 23 passes for 122 yards and also rushed 19 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. For the season to this point, Wimbush has passed for 719 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for 256 yards and a touchdown. His best season was 2017 when he passed for 1,870 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions while also rushing for 804 yards and 14 touchdowns.
He was a four-star dual-threat quarterback coming out of Teaneck (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep. He had a long list of scholarship offers. At the time out of high school, he had scholarship offers from three SEC schools. Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee were among the close to 20 scholarship offers he received.
Arkansas coach Chad Morris said on Dec. 19 the school remains interested in an older quarterback. It’s uncertain if Arkansas will pursue Wimbush or if he would be interested assuming they did. However, Wimbush is a dual-threat type that Morris and his staff are seeking.
“Absolutely we’re still exploring options to bring an older quarterback in, and we’ll see how that goes,” Morris said. “We are going to look, again, to get older at that position to create some depth. So yeah, we love the guys that we have, but at the same sense, I don’t want to get into a position where we don’t have enough.
‘Where you get injury-prone, and all of a sudden you’re in a bind. But yeah, I anticipate bringing someone in, whether that be January, whether that be early summer or whenever that may be. But, we’ll see. We want the right fit.”
Wimbush will be able to go to his new school in January.