In a bombshell report on the night before the 2021 Rutgers football season officially begins, the highest rated quarterback recruit in program history, Gavin Wimsatt, is expected to enroll at the university next week. The news was first reported by Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports! and James Kratch of NJ Advance Media.
The future of Rutgers football just arrived a lot quicker than anyone ever imagined. https://t.co/ULWYJT9YL0— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) September 4, 2021
As reported by Kratch and Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio, who covers Wimsatt in his home state, the quarterback is expected to sign a six figure deal for use of his name, image and likeness once he enrolls. Kratch also confirmed that Wimsatt is already listed in the Rutgers student directory.
Checking out Kratch’s profile on Wimsatt from a couple weeks ago is now even more of a must read. It certainly inspired hope that Wimsatt has the right mindset to handle the high expectations that will only increase now that he has opted to end his final scholastic season early to join Rutgers this fall.
This is major news as the Top 100 recruit wasn’t expected to join the program until January after this season. The hundred thousand dollar question now is whether Wimsatt will actually play any meaningful snaps this fall.
Noah Vedral is the clear starter and is unlikely to relinquish that role unless an injury occurs. Cole Snyder and Evan Simon are both listed as the backups after having been in offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson’s system since his arrival almost two years ago. However, Wimsatt is clearly now going to be the most talented signal caller in the quarterback room. He can also play up to four games and still have the ability to redshirt this season. That being said, playing him before he is ready could potentially have long term negative effects on his career on the banks.
Gavin Wimsatt arrives with huge expectations as the potential to be a program changing prospect. Even so, he’ll need time to acclimate himself to college football and campus life. Whether he does actually play this season and how much will ultimately come down to Gleeson and head coach Greg Schiano. How they handle the quarterback situation this fall is even more important now that Wimsatt is part of the equation.
Whatever happens remains to be seen, but the Rutgers football season got a whole lot more interesting before it even began. The future is now the present.