Stanton is headed to Nebraska

It came down to three schools for Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita quarterback Johnny Stanton but in the end, the signal caller decided Nebraska was the best fit for him and committed this morning.

Johnny Stanton narrowed his choices down to Nebraska, Oregon and Wisconsin and said he knew last night what he wanted to do.

"I talked with my parents last night and I didn't tell them I had decided on Nebraska yet because I wanted to sleep on it," Stanton said. "I woke up this morning and still felt really good about it so I told my parents I was going to commit and then called Coach Pelini and let him know I wanted to commit.

"I visited twice, once for their camp and then took my parents with me and we all loved the place. I had great relationships with the coaches and players and I like how I fit in with the offense. I know I'll have to come and compete wherever I go so I was never concerned about depth charts or things like that. It was tough because the other schools were great as well but I think it always comes down to gut feel and for me, that was Nebraska."

In Stanton, the Huskers are getting a player who has been compared to Tim Tebow over the last few years in not only playing style but in the intangibles he brings to the table.

"Johnny is the ultimate winner," Eagles OC and QB coach Nate Longshore said. "He's going to do whatever it takes to win. If you need him to throw for 400 yards, he'll do that, if you need him to run for 200, he can do that. If you need him to play defense, return kicks, it doesn't matter, he'll do whatever it takes to win.

"He leads by example and is one of those guys that his teammates always trust and rally around. He plays with passion and I've never been around a player like him that can do so many things to help your team out and he's an incredible kid as well."

Stanton is a rock solid 6-2, 225 pounds and is a built like a fullback. He has an over the top throwing motion that some have poked holes at but he can still get the ball out quick with plenty of velocity and accuracy. He's equally as dangerous outside the pocket and is a legitimate running threat as well.

"I'm so relieved to have this over with," Stanton said. "I saw all these other quarterbacks committing and I was always jealous. I didn't want to rush my decision and I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do until the last few weeks.

"Now I can just focus on my team and I feel like this is a big weight lifted off my shoulders. I wanted to commit before the summer was over and it all worked out perfect for me in the end and I'm thrilled to be a Corn Husker."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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