Skyler Mornhinweg commits to Florida
Philadelphia quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg has been a Penn State commit since last July, but on Friday that changed when a source told GatorCountry.com he became the 21st commitment in the Gators’ 2012 recruiting class.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound gunslinger recently popped up on Florida’s radar following the hire of new offensive coordinator Brent Pease.
Pease and Mornhinweg’s father, Marty, played college football together at Montana and that connection allowed Pease to come in late and snag the commitment of Mornhinweg.
The St. Joseph’s star visited Florida this weekend with his mother and had a great visit, according to reports.
Brent Pease and Will Muschamp visited Mornhinweg at his school on Wednesday.
Gator Country will have more on this story shortly.
5 Comments so far
I find it strange when you have two comparable players where one desperately wants to be a Gator and you have to talk the other into being a Gator that you pick the latter.
I would rather have the one who loves the Gators, skills being comparable...oh well.
Coach Muschamp evaluated Mornhinweg as the better player and that’s why he was offered the scholarship. The list of schools who offered the guy is very impressive. This really helps the QB situation.
I think the way the Gators handled the situation with regards to Paxton Lynch was truly a shame. They told him they would be waiting on Mornhinweg’s commitment status until Wednesday night… then until Thursday night… then until he decided. By doing so, they did two things: wasted Lynch’s time and worse, gave him false hopes of an offer to come.
That said, I think from a logical point of view this coaching staff is getting business done very effectively. Just as a student waits on a “deferred” status for acceptance to a school, so must some athletes face the problem Lynch had. The staff had to be very up-front with him and let him know he was clearly their second choice with no offense meant, and they were only looking for one QB in this class. He was put on the waiting list.
My evaluation of the staff is that they chose the best QB still within reach (film shows a clear separation between the should-be-four-star Skyler and Paxton).
But since they truly knew which QB they were leaning toward, in my opinion it would have been nicer to keep talks of scholarship offers off the table with Lynch until they resolved their offer Mornhinweg. Pressuring Mornhinweg to decide soon was okay, because they had to know whether they would need to offer Lynch in his place. But showing interest in Lynch in the meantime didn’t have to include the words “scholarship offer"… if Mornhinweg fell through they could have just surprised Lynch with an offer that day.
Just my thoughts. Oh… and WELCOME TO THE GATOR NATION SKYLER! You just added to a perfectly constructed recruiting class that will help the Gators improve more than any other team next year, regardless of rankings.
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