Commitment Impact - Alex Hornibrook

Even in a dead period, Wisconsin still can haul in a recruit. Committed to Pittsburgh since the summer, Malvern (PA) Preparatory School quarterback Alex Hornibrook decided to follow coach Paul Chryst to Wisconsin, becoming his first commit since taking over the UW coaching job. BadgerNation breaks down the commitment.

Committed Over: Alex Hornibrook, a former Pittsburgh commit, flipped commitment to Wisconsin over other scholarship offers from Akron, Connecticut, Rutgers and Yale.

Rated: Hornibrook is currently a two-star prospect by, but was scheduled to be bumped up to a three-star prospect later this week.

On Film: Hornibrook is 6-4 and 195 pounds, and while his frame is good, he needs to add strength and thickness, which will help his arm strength and make him tougher to bring down. He is a pocket passer who relies on accuracy more than arm strength, but he has the ability to fire the ball into a small window.

A lefty, Hornibrook spent his senior season learning a new offense and throwing a lot of quick passes and making quick reads. He has the ability to throw on the run and also check through his progressions.

As with most lefties, Hornibrook has a bit of a long delivery, and that will be something the staffs works on, but he is a smart and intelligent and should be a cerebral player once he learns the offense.

He fits well into Paul Chryst's offense. He can manage a game and he will fit well into a play-action offense. His size also allows him to see over the line of scrimmage and he delivers the ball from a high point. - National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn

Recruiting Impact: As Wisconsin has found out the last two seasons, the Badgers cannot have enough capable quarterbacks. Both Hornibrook and Austin Kafentzis (Sandy, Utah) are already on campus and will begin workouts with the team on January 20. Hornibrook joins a group that includes Kafentzis, fifth-year seniors Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy (although his future appears to be at WR or safety), fourth-year junior Bart Houston and redshirt freshman D.J. Gillins.

The Badgers are expected to have fewer than three scholarships remaining.

Quotable: ”I think that offense suits me the best out of any I’ve seen at the college level. Beyond the offense, I would love to play for coach Paul Chyrst.” – Hornibrook

Final Thought: Hornibrook might not generate the type of buzz that Kafentzis or running back Jordan Stevenson did, but he’s a solid prospect with good accuracy who threw for 2,156 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. UW needs a heady quarterback who can make smart throws and know when to take shots down the field.

How about the University of Wisconsin not only having not lost a commitment thus far after a coaching change but have added two scholarship kids and a preferred walk-on? That speaks to how good the state of the Badgers program currently is.

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