Once he had an offer it didn't take long for Austin Fort to decide that he wanted to be a Cowboy. The quarterback from Gillette, WY spent some time last weekend auditioning at the Wyoming Brown and Gold recruiting camp. Afterwards he stayed to do a private workout for Coach Christensen and the rest of the staff. After taking some time to evaluate Christensen extended an offer to Fort and he committed right away.
The news has been reported by the Casper Star-Tribune and Fort also posted the commitment on his Twitter page.
So who exactly is Austin Fort? Well at 6'4 210 lbs while running a 4.7 40 yard dash he is a physically impressive dual threat quarterback. Originally from Orlando, FL the new Cowboy moved to Wyoming during the winter of his sophomore year. He won the starting quarterback job as a junior and led Camels to the Wyoming 4A State Championship.
Earlier in the spring Fort had visited the University of Illinois. After the Fighting Illini received a recent quarterback commitment it meant that they were no longer recruiting an additional QB this year. So when the opportunity to play in Laramie became available he jumped at it. The biggest question on Fort's ability was his throwing accuracy. Wyoming waited to extend an offer till actually seeing him throwing in person.
The question was, and still is, his accuracy.
Earlier, Fort had thrown twice on the run, once rolling out right and the other rolling out left. Each ball hit the ground with a thud, skipping into the feet of his intended receiver.
He had better results in the after-hours workout, setting his feet and delivering the ball accurately on deep fades, crossing patterns and outs. Occasionally, though, a ball would sail high or wide, causing Fort to slap his hands in frustration.
Obviously the coaches that the ability is there and that Fort is a coach-able player that takes guidance and is eager to improve. Last year he completed 52% of his passes for 2,137 yards and 14 touchdowns as well as 13 interceptions. He also ran for 735 yards and 10 touchdowns.
This is the first commitment for the 2014 Wyoming football recruiting class and the second straight year that a player from Wyoming has been the first to commit to the program. LB Ryan Anaya from Nartrona County was the first player to commit to the 2013 class.
While Fort obviously has plenty of physicals he'll have the luxury of being able to redshirt his freshmen year. Brett Smith will be a senior and Jason Thompson will be a very solid backup. Great to see Wyoming finally land it's first commitment of the year and for the program to be able to retain some of the great talent that is being produced this year.