It was just a harmless analogy, but it gets you thinking. Bear with Gavin Wimsatt for a second while he makes the case that he, in some sense, is kind of like Neil Armstrong.
“Everyone remembers the first person to do something,” Wimsatt told The Athletic this week. “They remember the first person to land on the moon. They remember the person who is brave enough to do something first. I wanted to do something first.”
Wimsatt wasn’t trying to compare what he did to Armstrong’s feat, which is regarded as one of the most significant human achievements in history. Wimsatt, a four-star quarterback from Owensboro (Ky.) High who committed to Rutgers last week, was simply trying to say that he wanted his decision to mean something. He wanted to be the first to do something, and when he’s done, he wants to be remembered as a trailblazer, a catalyst for change, someone who believed in something when few would.
“I didn’t want to do what everyone else did,” Wimsatt said. “I wanted to build something.”
Wimsatt’s commitment to Rutgers is powerful because it legitimizes what Greg Schiano is building. Wimsatt is rated the No. 89 overall player and the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the 2022 class in the 247Sports Composite. He could have chosen Michigan or Notre Dame or Oregon — places that have already won at the highest level. But instead, he picked a place that has been viewed as hopeless in the not-so-recent past. We’ve all heard the jokes about Rutgers and how the Big Ten made an awful miscalculation when inviting the school into the conference. Rutgers has been a doormat, a team that is a glorified open week on a schedule, a program that isn’t a stranger to being 30-point underdogs.