Prep QB Skyler Mornhinweg to commit to Penn State

St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg will commit to Penn State. (Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel/Staff Photographer)

St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg will announce his decision to play for Penn State in a conference call 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to a source.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior orginially gave a verbal committment to Stanford prior to his sophomore season but opted out when coach Jim Harbaugh took the San Francisco 49ers job.

Tennessee, Alabama, and Illinois were among the other leading candidates for his services. He took visits to Tennesee and Alabama, but not Illinois. Until recently, the strong-armed QB also considered staying with Stanford.

Florida State also offered a scholarship, but Mornhinweg chose not to visit the school after gaining such a positive impression of Penn State.

Mornhinweg and his father, Marty, the Eagles offensive coordinator, took an official visit to Penn State last month. Spending 1 1/2 days in State College, they met with coach Joe Paterno and his staff, including QBs coach Jay Paterno and recruiting coordinator Ron Vanderlinden, and came away very impressed with the program, according to the source.

Last season, while helping the Prep to a 4-7 record, Mornhinweg completed 110 of 229 passes for 1,546 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was a first-team all-Catholic League Class AAAA selection.

Mornhinweg, 17, doubles as a free safety for the Hawks. He was an Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection at that position last year.

Over the last two seasons, he has thrown for nearly 3,100 yards and 31 touchdowns.

-Rick O'Brien