Gardner Minshew finally found his future home.
The Brandon quarterback tweeted his commitment to Troy on Tuesday evening. Minshew, who finished high school last Friday, will enroll at Troy in January.
So glad to announce that I will be attending Troy University in the spring! Thanks to everyone who has supported me during this process
— Gardner Minshew (@GardnerMinshew9) December 17, 2014
Following a visit to the university over the weekend, the 6-foot-1 quarterback, who was debating between the Trojans and Jones County Junior College, felt his best chance to make an impact at the next level would be with a program already experiencing a fresh start of its own.
“It makes the most sense with their offensive scheme and the new coaching staff,” Minshew said. “I’ve always said I want to go somewhere that has a plan for me and a system where I’ll be successful, and I feel like that’s the case with Troy.”
As a senior, Minshew threw for 3,541 yards and 31 touchdowns. He ended his time at Brandon as one of the metro area’s most successful quarterbacks with 11,222 career passing yards and 105 total touchdowns.
Minshew was originally offered by former Trojans coach Larry Blankeney after Brandon defeated Forest Hill in October. Blankeney announced his retirement several days later.
For Minshew, getting in front of Troy’s new coaching staff was important to prove why his offer should still stand.
“Coach (Neal) Brown has been there for about 13 days and came to watch me throw last Tuesday,” Minshew said. “The (offensive coordinator) and QB coach are sold on me and so is Coach Brown since he’s a big offensive guy.”
This Saturday, Minshew will play in his final high school game, quarterbacking the South team in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star game.
For the four-year starter, the confidence of knowing he has a place to continue his football career couldn’t have come at a better time.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “It’s been something I’ve been waiting on for so long now. I wanted to finish this up earlier in the year but that’s not how it played out. I’m blessed to be in the position I’m in now.”
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