Monday, March 17, 2014

South Fayette's Brumbaugh visits Temple

South Fayette QB Brett Brumbaugh
South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh visited Temple University's campus Saturday for the football program's Elite Junior Day. Brumbaugh was one of several WPIAL players who were hosted by the Owls' coaching staff and his trip to Philadelphia comes as no surprise. Temple is one of only two schools to officially offer the 6-foot-4 state championship winning quarterback a scholarship - the other is Akron.

I'm sure Temple's coaching staff is thrilled that Brumbaugh took the visit and that he has yet to receive another Division I scholarship offer this offseason. The Owls run a pro-style offense that fits Brumbaugh perfectly, but you can be sure that more scholarships are on the way after a record-breaking season that ended with the Class AA PIAA state championship.

Brumbaugh passed for a record 3,917 yards and 41 touchdowns this season; and lack of competition cannot be attributed to the eye-popping stat line. He exploited an Aliquippa defense that featured numerous Division I prospects and with the help of wide receiver Justin Watson, exposed Imhotep Charter's defense as the most overrated in the state of Pennsylvania.

During South Fayette's playoff run, I asked every opposing coach what they thought of Brumbaugh. The answer was always the same: he can make every throw and knows the offense like the back of his hand. It's no surprise. After watching his two older brothers rewrite the high school's record books, Brumbaugh entered varsity football knowing how to handle himself and what preparations were needed every week to sustain success.

If Temple ends up landing Brumbaugh, their coaching staff should throw a parade. He's the type of quarterback who can play right away and that type of player can change the atmosphere surrounding a program. My guess is that other offers will be coming sooner rather than later, and in the right situation, Brumbaugh will flourish at the next level.

I heard that Duke had shown interest following the season, and with head coach David Cutcliffe, who has developed numerous quarterbacks including Peyton Manning, I see Durham as the perfect fit for a 6-4 quarterback who has all of the tools to translate his passing prowess to Saturdays.

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