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Brett Brumbaugh says he grew up a big Penn State Nittany Lions fan.

So when the young fan blossomed into a 6’4”, 200-pound high school quarterback, he was excited when former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien talked to him about continuing his football career in blue and white.

But after O’Brien left Penn State to coach the Houston Texans, and new head coach James Franklin came in, the recruitment process stopped.

Now a senior, Brumbaugh—despite being a state championship-winning quarterback and breaking multiple Pennsylvania records for passing yards—did not have the offers from major programs that his resume seemed to dictate.

“Everything happens for a reason. I got over it, and I’m at the place I’m supposed to be at with Duquesne,” Brumbaugh said.

Brumbaugh, the quarterback for a South Fayette football team that is one victory away from a second consecutive Pennsylvania state title, committed to play college football at Duquesne last month. He has thrown for 10,984 yards in his career, surpassing the state record formerly held by Port Allegany's Matt Bodamer. Brumbaugh had already passed Bodamer for the single-season passing yardage record.

Joe Butler of Metro Index Scouting thinks Brumbaugh is a very good quarterback. Butler says it’s not Brumbaugh’s skills that kept the top college programs from offering scholarships, it’s his style of play.

“What college coaches want… are guys who not only can throw the football, but also run the spread option,” Butler said. “Brett’s a pocket quarterback. He’s not going to run much. They want the guys who cannot only throw, but run.”

Butler said he thinks Duquesne is a good program for Brumbaugh, as the Dukes boast a roster with over 30 WPIAL players. Brumbaugh clearly feels like the Dukes are a fit for his skills.

“I’m just focused on playing my four years with Duquesne and trying to win there,” Brumbaugh said. “I thought I could have a successful career here and it was the best fit for me.”

It’s understandable for a player to get down after seeing so many college programs, especially the local ones, pass on his skills. It happens often, but it didn’t happen to Brymbaugh.

Instead, he has continued to succeed and improve throughout his senior season. He says that this year he has been able to go through his reads better, and has also become a more vocal leader.

And while he may not be going to Happy Valley, Brumbaugh is happy to be playing at the next level. And he still hopes to reach yet-another level.

“There’s always a chance (to play in the NFL), and obviously that’s my dream,” said Brumbaugh, who is thinking about majoring in business. “But if it doesn’t work out, so be it.”

So when the young fan grew up into a 6’4”, 200-pound high school quarterback, he was excited when former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien talked to him about continuing his football career in blue and white.

But after O’Brien left the school to coach the Houston Texans, and new head coach James Franklin came in, the recruitment process stopped.

Now a senior, Brumbaugh—despite being a state championship-winning quarterback and threatening to break multiple Pennsylvania records for passing yards—did not have the offers from major programs that his resume seemed to dictate.

“Everything happens for a reason. I got over it, and I’m at the place I’m supposed to be at with Duquesne,” Brumbaugh said.

Brumbaugh, the quarterback for a South Fayette football team that is once again deep into the state playoffs and riding a 30-game winning streak, the fifth longest in WPIAL history. Brumbaugh, who committed to play college football at Duquesne last month, has thrown for 10,844 yards in his career, good for second all-time in state history and hot on the heels of the all-time mark held by Matt Bodamer. He already passed Bodamer for the single-season passing yardage record.

Joe Butler of Metro Index Scouting thinks Brumbaugh is a very good quarterback, just not the right type. Butler says it’s not Brumbaugh’s skills that kept the top college programs from offering scholarships, it’s his style of play.

“What college coaches want… are guys who not only can throw the football, but also run the spread option,” Butler said. “Brett’s a pocket quarterback. He’s not going to run much. They want the guys who cannot only throw, but run.”

Butler said he thinks Duquesne is a good program for Brumbaugh, and with the Dukes in need of a definitive leader behind center after going through a season where three different quarterbacks played parts of at least six games. Brumbaugh clearly feels the same way about the Dukes.

“I’m just focused on playing my four years with Duquesne and trying to win there,” Brumbaugh said. “I thought I could have a successful career here and it was the best fit for me.”

It’s understandable for a player to get down after seeing so many college programs, especially the local ones, pass on his skills. It happens often, but it didn’t happen to Brymbaugh.

Instead, he has continued to succeed and improve throughout his senior season. He says that this year he has been able to go through his reads better, and has also become a more vocal leader.

And while he may not be going to Happy Valley, Brumbaugh is happy to be playing at the next level. And he still hopes to reach yet-another level.

“There’s always a chance (to play in the NFL), and obviously that’s my dream,” said Brumbaugh, who is thinking about majoring in business. “But if it doesn’t work out, so be it.”

South Fayette takes on District 2's Dunmore (14-1) at Hersheypark Stadium this Saturday, as the Lions aims to become the first AA team to win consecutive state titles.

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