Gavin Wimsatt making steady progress

PISCATAWAY – When Gavin Wimsatt saw his friend Quinn Ewers skipping his high school senior year and joining Ohio State last summer, far earlier than anyone initially expected, Wimsatt started thinking about whether he could follow a similar path.

Wimsatt had committed to Rutgers last April as a four-star quarterback, but the opportunity to join the Scarlet Knights as soon as possible appealed to him.

“I thought it would be cool,” Wimsatt said after Rutgers’ 14th spring practice on Tuesday. “I wanted to see if I’d be able to do it and fortunately I was.”

Wimsatt officially joined the team in early September, and his development as a Big Ten quarterback began.

12 to 15 added pounds

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Wimsatt, who has added about 12 to 15 pounds of muscle since working with director of sports performance Jay Butler, said he’s “matured a lot because the guys around me have shown me the ways of college football.”

Wimsatt played in four games last season after hitting a big way, Bo Melton for a 13-yard pass on fourth-and-5 late in the third quarter against Illinois.

That extended Rutgers’ game-winning touchdown drive on the way to a 20-14 victory.

“That was amazing,” Wimsatt said. “Just being able to go in and help my team win the game and contribute, it was amazing.”

That was the first of what the Scarlet Knights hope will be many big plays from Wimsatt.

Wimsat saw time in four games, ultimately nine of his 21 pass attempts for 45 yards. He also rushed nine times for 68 yards.

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