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Mornhinweg flips to Florida from Penn St.

Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:50 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One of the most famous names -- and better quarterbacks -- in the class of 2012 has reportedly decided to head for the SEC.

Gator Country has reported that Skyler Mornhinweg, son of current Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator and former Detroit Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg, has pledged to sign with Florida over Penn State. Skyler originally committed to Stanford as a rising sophomore at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, but switched to the Nittany Lions last summer when Jim Harbaugh left the Cardinal.

New Gator offensive coordinator Brent Pease and Marty Mornhinweg played together at Montana, potentially giving Pease a window in which to make his pitch to Skyler after the recent coaching transition at Penn State. Skyler visited Florida's campus last weekend, Gator Country reports.

At 6'3" and 190 pounds, Mornhinweg has been among his class's more highly-prized pro-style quarterbacks, with reported offers from programs like Tennessee and Illinois as well as Stanford, Penn State, and the Gators. Tom Lemming writes this in his evaluation of Mornhinweg:

He impresses you with his arm strength, poise, smarts, and overall game. You can tell he's the son of a coach, I watched him throw down in Phoenix last December and was impressed with his quick setup and even quicker release. Shows great poise and field vision, not a sprinter but he can escape the rush and buy time with his feet. A winner with a great attitude.

Mornhinweg becomes the 21st commitment --and only quarterback -- of Will Muschamp's impressive 2012 class. The Gators currently rank fourth in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings.

Comments

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:55 pm
 

Frying pan: meet fire

If it was any other program, this would be a great move.  The problem is that Florida might not be very good for awhile.  They do have a nice class coming in, though, so there is the chance of it turning out well for both Florida and Mornhinweg.  Florida is a coin flip: they may thrive or they may fall apart and hire another coach.

That is better odds than PSU, where the old guard are going to pull a Lloyd Carr on their new coach and sabotage his tenure, so that they can eventually get another of "their own" back in.  At least Mornhinweg has a chance to be good at Florida.

Oh, almost forgot: the "scenery" around Gainesville is world class: definitely much better than at State College. 


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