Early commitment for Mornhinweg?

The sophomore son of the Eagles' offensive coordinator reportedly has picked Stanford.

Posted: July 24, 2009

In a sign that college football recruiting efforts have become more aggressive than ever, St. Joseph's Prep sophomore Skyler Mornhinweg has, according to some reports, already orally committed to play for Stanford.

Mornhinweg, a member of the Class of 2012, is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback and defensive back for the Hawks. His father, Marty, is the offensive coordinator for the Eagles.

Mornhinweg declined to comment on his decision last night and said that a news conference to announce his college choice has been tentatively set for Tuesday.

But last month, paloaltoonline.com quoted Mornhinweg as telling scout.com that the decision was "pretty easy."

"I grew up in California, and Stanford was always one of the places that I wanted to go to school," Mornhinweg told scout.com, paloaltoonline.com reported. "I have great respect for coach Jim Harbaugh, and I've known the Harbaughs for a long time. It made my decision pretty easy."

Prep coach Gil Brooks said it's "kind of odd" that a high school player would receive a Division I offer so early, "but Skyler went to Stanford's [football] camp. They've seen film of him, and they really like him," Brooks said.

Mornhinweg, who started at safety as a freshman, played in 11 games before suffering a separated shoulder.

He is expected to battle junior-to-be Paul McGann for the starting quarterback position.

As a quarterback, Brooks said that Mornhinweg, a South Philadelphia resident, is "still a work in progress, but he's going to be great."

Marty Mornhinweg was a four-year starter at quarterback at Montana, where he established 15 passing records, and was a reserve for the Denver Dynamite in the Arena Football League in 1987.

The Mornhinweg family has strong ties to the Bay Area. Marty Mornhinweg was an all-state quarterback at Oak Grove High in San Jose. From 1997 to 2000, he served as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers.

Contact staff writer Rick O'Brien at 610-313-8019

or robrien@phillynews.com.

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