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Nittany Lions land a QB

Penn State offered one true quarterback in the Class of 2012, and on Tuesday Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph's Prep signal-caller Skyler Mornhinweg became the newest Nittany Lion.

"There were many great schools and programs that I was fortunate enough to look at, but for many real good reasons, I've decided to commit to Penn State," he said on a teleconference on Tuesday afternoon. "Those reasons are the championship football tradition, it's a great football tradition, and their excellent academics.

"I'm looking into maybe English, economics and maybe further down the road, law school. Also the way Penn State and Coach Paterno, the coaches and the players go about their business. They're very 'old school' mentality and they set unique values for themselves. It's just great academics combined with great athletics.

"Another key point is the fans and the great atmosphere. I got to go up to see a game with my mom in Happy Valley and I got to see the fans firsthand. It was a great thing to be a part of.

"I really appreciate the way Coach Vanderlinden goes about the recruiting process, he did a heck of a job recruiting me and educating my family about the University."

Mornhinweg added that time spent with Joe and Jay Paterno on a June visit had a big impact on his decision.

The three-star prospect and son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg committed to Stanford after his freshman year, but opened up his recruitment in the spring after a coaching change in Palo Alto.

Outside of two tight end commitments, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect is the first true skill position player in the Nittany Lions' class so far. Mornhinweg will arrive on campus with Rob Bolden as a junior, Paul Jones as a sophomore and Kevin Newsome and Matt McGloin entering their senior years.

As a junior, Mornhinweg completed 110 of 229 passes for 1,546 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also added six touchdowns on the ground.

He was an All-Catholic Class AAAA first team selection and a second team all-City pick by the Philadelphia Daily News. He also played safety and was a captain as a junior.

Lions247.com will have more on his commitment later this afternoon.

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