Recruiting is the lifeline for every college football program and when a coach is fired -- as was Wyoming's Dave Christensen was Sunday morning -- some players start to rethink their non-binding verbal commitment. However, Gillette, Wyo., quarterback Austin Fort is still holding strong to his commitment.
Fort to told the Casper-Star Tribune that he just wants to come to Wyoming and help them win:
"I'm set on Wyoming, and I'm still confident that's the right place for me," Fort said. "Regardless of who the coach is, I'm ready to come in and give 100 percent for the team."
Even so, he wouldn't say if he thought the Christensen firing was a necessary move for the program.
"That's not really for me to say," Fort said. "I watched the offense all year, and I tried my best to learn the offense. But that was their decision, and I'm just ready to come in and help the team."
The 6-foot-4-inch quarterback has been with Wyoming since early June, and he is an important get since Fort is the only FBS caliber player in the state of Wyoming. Fort is a dual-threat quarterback that runs a 40-yard dash in a solid 4.7 seconds, and in his junior year of high school he threw for 2,137 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for 735 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Fort was contacted about his status the day of the Christensen firing so his comments came out with probably very little time to think about his choice with Christensen no longer there. Once a new coaching staff is in place is when Fort will decide to keep his commitment to Wyoming or look else where to play. The good news for Wyoming is that he did not say he has to think about his decision or give other schools another look.
The only other schools to show interest before he committed to Wyoming were Illinois, Colorado, and Colorado State, but that could change now that the coaching staff is in flux.
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