Recruiting

Gillette quarterback Fort commits to wyoming

2013-06-10T18:00:00Z 2013-07-19T17:06:08Z Gillette quarterback Fort commits to wyomingBy MIKE VOREL Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

That didn't take long.

Gillette quarterback Austin Fort confirmed to the Casper Star-Tribune Monday morning that he has committed to the University of Wyoming shortly after attending the program's recruiting camp last weekend.

Fort had attended Wyoming's high school prospect camp in Laramie on Saturday, but he left without an offer. On Sunday, he received a phone call from his high school coach, Vic Wilkerson, who told him to call Wyoming coach Dave Christensen as soon as possible.

After leaving a recruiting camp at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Fort called Christensen during his drive home at around 7 p.m. He had already decided that if Christensen extended an offer, he would take it.

"He said he liked what he saw at camp and he wanted to offer me a scholarship," Fort said Monday. "I told him I was really excited about Wyoming football, and that I love the program and the coaches, and that I was ready to commit."

Fort becomes the first known commit in the 2014 recruiting class for UW.

An incoming senior at Gillette, Fort threw for 2,137 yards and 14 touchdowns in his junior season in 2012, also running for 735 yards and 10 scores. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect led Gillette to the Wyoming State High School Class 4A Championship game in his first season after transferring from Orlando, Fla. He was selected to the Star-Tribune's Super 25 team.

At Saturday's camp in Laramie, Fort ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.7 seconds. After the camp concluded, he threw in front of coaches. He says his ability to both throw effectively and make plays with his feet makes him the ideal quarterback to lead Wyoming's offense.

"They have a very fast paced offense, where it's perfect for an athletic quarterback. I can be a dual threat. I can make the throws that they need to make in the spread offense and also contribute in the read option running game," Fort said.

Fort had also received interest from Colorado and Colorado State, but he said he's happy that the recruiting process is now behind him. The early commitment will allow him to focus on the task at hand.

"It's definitely a big, big relief. It's less stress," Fort said. "I can be more relaxed and focus on trying to win a state championship."

Reach reporter Mike Vorel at Mike.Vorel@trib.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeVorel.

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