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Mornhinweg’s status up in air

January 22, 2012
By Philip Cmor, pcmor@altoonamirror.com , The Altoona Mirror

Penn State could be on the verge of losing another of its verbal football recruiting commitments.

Several internet sources have reported that Skyler Mornhinweg, the quarterback from St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia and son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, took a visit to Florida this weekend to check out the Gators. Mornhinweg has not publicly stated whether he was reaffirming his commitment or decommitting following a visit to Penn State last week, but there has been speculation that he'd take other visits before reaching a decision.

Penn State already has lost four other verbal commitments since the breaking of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the latest being Massachusetts linebacker Camren Williams, who committed to Ohio State on Thursday.

New York defensive tackle Jarron Jones and Philadelphia-area offensive tackle J.J. Denman also decommitted from Penn State earlier in unrelated situations. Denman made a pledge to Wisconsin before Badgers assistant coach Paul Chryst became head coach at Pitt, and Penn State might be trying to make a renewed run at him.

It also looks like the Lions could be on the verge of making a new scholarship offer, this one going to 6-foot-6, 225-pound Central Dauphin defensive end Evan Schwan. Schwan burst onto the scene this year, recording 17 sacks and making first-team all-state in helping lead the Rams to a surprising PIAA Class AAAA championship.

Schwan is a self-proclaimed Penn State football fan. He is expected to receive a visit from Lion defensive line coach Larry Johnson in the next few days.

Penn State currently is in the midst of a big recruiting weekend, hosting about a half-dozen prospects from as far away as Washington state and Georgia.

- Philip Cmor

 
 
 

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