Transfer portal leads Tony Muskett back home to Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- When Tony Muskett was a senior at West Springfield in Northern Virginia, the quarterback only had one FBS offer.
"Excited for him coming out, we thought he was pretty special," West Springfield football coach Anthony Parker said, "Little surprised he didn't get more FBS offers at the time."
Coastal Carolina was Muskett's only FBS offer out of high school, so the quarterback chose Monmouth over bigger FCS offers because of the relationship with the coaching staff. In three seasons Muskett started 23 games for the Hawks, throwing for 5,687 yards and 51 touchdowns, earning back-to-back first team All-Big South honors and was a HERO Sports Sophomore All-American.
"We've noticed over the last couple years," Parker said, "He's come back to the school and worked out with our offensive coordinator/quarterback coach, just how much bigger he's gotten, how much stronger he's gotten, he's thrown the ball so well. We were like he might outplay that spot at Monmouth right now."
Parker says Muskett also has more of a running game to show as a true dual-threat quarterback. So when Muskett hit the transfer portal, he was not surprised when the offers came pouring in, especially Power-Five offers like Virginia and Missouri.
"When he kind of asked our opinions about what we thought about the portal, we were like it's going to be up to you. I wasn't shocked that he got the number of offers he got so early. He did some great things up there, I think he's a really good football player and I think UVA is going to be getting a good one."
Muskett already played in front of his new quarterbacks coach Taylor Lamb, when Muskett threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns against Gardner-Webb when Lamb was the offensive coordinator. In addition to the strong arm and mobility, Parker says Muskett is the type of leader who can rally a team as the Cavaliers look to replace school record-setting quarterback Brennan Armstrong.
"I think he will turn that program around," Parker said, "I think he's that kind of guy, he's a vocal leader, he'll get guys behind him, he'll lead teams to victory."
At UVA, Muskett will see another familiar face in former high school teammate wide receiver Ethan Davies and will likely see a few more in the crowd playing just a few hours from home.
"Our community, we have a lot of UVA supporters that were excited to hear about it as well, people asking me about it before I really knew," Parker said, "And so I think it's going to be a good thing for him, a good thing for our community, good thing for our school to come up and follow him."