QB Mortensen's Future Still Uncertain

FAYETTEVILLE -- Alex Mortensen has had an apparent change of heart and may return to Arkansas after all.

Georgia Southern football coach Brian VanGorder said Thursday in a TV interview that Mortensen has decided not to play for the Division I-AA school despite transferring there less than a week ago.

VanGorder said he believed Mortensen was planning to return to Arkansas, where he spent two seasons as a backup quarterback.

"He's been in Statesboro [Ga.] kind of evaluating the whole situation here," VanGorder told WSAV in Savannah, Ga. "[He] has really battled with the idea that he started something at Arkansas, and he's a loyal-type young man that really feels, I think, strongly that he go back and fulfill his commitment."

VanGorder's comments came less than a week after Chris Mortensen, Alex's father and an NFL analyst for ESPN, said his son had decided to leave Arkansas for Georgia Southern. The sophomore also considered transferring to Louisville.

A source close to the Arkansas program said Thursday night that Alex Mortensen is still evaluating his options. When reached on his cell phone, Chris Mortensen said he had "no comment" regarding the situation.

After receiving permission from Arkansas to contact other schools, Alex Mortensen sent highlight tapes to "qualified personnel people" for feedback. But he still needed a month of talking with coaches and weighing his options before he decided to transfer to Georgia Southern.

Chris Mortensen said last Friday that his son chose Georgia Southern, in part because of his prior relationship with VanGorder. As a defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia, VanGorder recruited Mortensen out of Landmark Christian School in Georgia.

"He's now committed to Georgia Southern," Chris Mortensen said of his son late last week. "He had eliminated Arkansas a couple of days ago, but wanted to sleep and pray on it."

Because Georgia Southern is a Division I-AA program, Alex Mortensen would have been eligible to play immediately for the Eagles. But his future remains uncertain.

Mortensen saw limited playing time in two seasons at Arkansas. He redshirted his freshman season, and he passed for only 63 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown in four games last season.

Mortensen's departure left Arkansas with only two scholarship quarterbacks -- sophomore Casey Dick and junior Robert Johnson -- heading into the spring. Arkansas coach Houston Nutt has already said that Dick has earned the right to go into spring practices as the starter.

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