Gators pick up QB commitment


Published: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 3:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 7:34 p.m.

New offensive coordinator Brent Pease has made his first mark on Florida’s football program.

One of his priorities upon taking the job earlier this month was targeting a quarterback to sign in the 2012 recruiting class, which UF had not planned to do under Charlie Weis.

Pease succeeded in his quest Friday with the commitment of three-star QB Skyler Mornhinweg, who decommitted from Penn State in favor of the Gators.

Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's) is the son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. He and Pease have a close relationship that dates back to their college years.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound signal-caller got the stamp of approval from UF tight end commit Colin Thompson, who took his official visit with Mornhinweg last weekend.

“He’s a great quarterback,” Thompson said. “He’s a great addition for us and could potentially be a captain. He’s the type of kid that can be a leader for our team on the field and in the locker room.”

Thompson lives in nearby Warminster, Pa., and has been friends with Mornhinweg for more than a year.

“I’ve known him since we were juniors (in high school),” Thompson said. “We were always friends, but our relationship got stronger when he took the visit with me and we spent time together. I’m happy to have him as a teammate. Two kids from Pennsylvania having the opportunity to play together is pretty cool.”

Mornhinweg gives the Gators 21 verbal commitments heading into National Signing Day on Wednesday.

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