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South Fayette’s Brumbaugh commits to Duquesne

Sidney Davis | Trib Total Media
South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh smiles on the sideline after breaking the WPIAL career passing yardage record against Steel Valley on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in South Fayette.

The WPIAL’s all-time passing yardage leader will stay in the region where his name and record resonates the most after he graduates from South Fayette this spring.

Lions senior Brett Brumbaugh, who surpassed Sto-Rox’s Lenny Williams as the WPIAL career leader this season and sits in third place in the PIAA record book with 9,644 yards, committed to Duquesne on Tuesday night. His decision came down to the Dukes, who made their offer Friday afternoon, and Albany, a Division I-FCS program that made its offer in the spring. He also had offers from Temple, Akron and Slippery Rock.

“I liked that I can stay close to home,” Brumbaugh said. “And it’s a similar offense to what we run now.”

Duquesne’s spread-style system has helped redshirt sophomore quarterback Dillon Buechel, a Montour alum, become one of the Northeast Conference’s brightest stars. Buechel ranks eighth in the FCS in passing yards per game (274.7).

A career at Duquesne also will give Brumbaugh a chance to square off against his brother, Luke Brumbaugh, a sophomore quarterback at Robert Morris who opened the season as the Colonials’ starter.

Duquesne snagged another WPIAL star this summer: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic senior running back P.J. Fulmore committed in June.

Brumbaugh looks forward to bolstering the Dukes’ WPIAL-heavy lineup. But first, he wants to finish his final season with WPIAL and PIAA titles for the Lions, who are defending Class AA state champs.

“This whole year, it’s kind of been on my shoulders, trying to figure out where I could end up and where I could call home,” Brumbaugh said. “I haven’t had a lot of time to think about it because I’ve been focused on each game.”

— Bill West

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