#TBT: Florida passed last-minute on Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch

The former staff opted for Skyler Mornhinweg over Lynch right before signing day
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Right now, there might not be a hotter quarterback than Memphis signal-caller Paxton Lynch. 

The Florida native has led Memphis to an undefeated 6-0 start, and has skyrocketed up the vast majority of NFL Draft boards. His play has helped to turn around a program from an afterthought into a national name. 

With someone of Lynch’s talent level at a premium position, how did the big-name Florida schools let him get out of the state? Per a report from 247Sports, Florida was close to signing Lynch. However, a former assistant mucked up the entire plan. 

At the time, Florida had Charlie Weis as its offensive coordinator during Lynch’s senior year of high school. Weis appeared ready to offer Lynch a scholarship, but then departed for the Kansas head coaching position. 

Weis’ replacement was Brent Pease. Many assumed Lynch would sign with Florida (as did Lynch’s family). When Pease met with Lynch, he informed the family that instead of offering him a scholarship, the full-ride would go to Skyler Mornhinweg. Mornhinweg’s father, Marty, is a friend of Pease’s. 

As the story unfolded, Lynch opted to sign with Memphis and Justin Fuente. He’s thrown for 44 touchdowns and 7,006 yards in his career. Mornhinweg ultimately transferred to Columbia. 

Although Treon Harris and Will Grier have played well, one has to wonder how good Florida could have been with Lynch as its starting signal-caller.

 

(h/t 247sports)