Harlan: South Fayette QB Brumbaugh invites Division I interest
In an era of read-option and mobile quarterbacks, South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh doesn't quite fit that mold. At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, he won't outrun defenses.
But the junior can throw over them.
“The thing with Brett is he's such a typical pro-style quarterback,” South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. “Everybody wants the dual-threat kid these days, but he's your Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.”
Now, he'll try to convince recruiters that they can still use someone like that.
College coaches have been invited to watch Brumbaugh throw at the school during four open workouts spread over April and May. The first is scheduled for April 29.
Some already have expressed interest in watching.
“A lot of coaches say the quarterback position is different,” Brumbaugh said. “Before they hand out an offer, they want to see you throw.”
The workouts are scheduled for a period when recruiters can visit.
“We've sent postcards and emails and texts to everyone, so we expect a good turnout,” Rossi said.
South Fayette has held similar workouts in years past. The last two springs, they were geared more toward showcasing wideout recruits Zach Challingsworth (Pitt) and Justin Watson (Penn).
This time, it's Brumbaugh's show.
“He'll do all his footwork stuff and drills,” Rossi said. “He'll work on the top of his routes and throw with some kids. We basically watched Johnny Manziel's pro day, and we mimicked that.”
Brumbaugh has Division I offers from Akron and Temple, but he should lure others with a solid summer. He planned to visit Miami (Ohio) this weekend and Delaware's spring game May 3. He also will attend Pitt's camp and a couple of others.
“Quarterback is a slower (recruiting) process than any other position,” Rossi said. “The colleges are typically going to recruit only one per year. Every once in a while when they lose a guy they'll take two. But most only want one and they're picky.”
Brumbaugh set the WPIAL single-season passing record last season, when South Fayette won the Class AA state title. With a healthy senior year, he could reach the career mark.
Assistant coaches Andrew DiDonato and Shane Patterson have worked closely with Brumbaugh to improve his footwork. They also tweaked his mechanics and accelerate his release.
Now they want recruiters to notice.
“We expect we're going to be throwing for a lot of schools,” Rossi said. “We're excited to see what happens.”