Multiple Nebraska prospects/commits had solid performances on Friday night, but none bigger than 2016 quarterback commit Patrick O'Brien from San Juan Hills high school in California.
Despite being major underdogs, the Stallions were able to knock off San Clemente 34-20. O’Brien recorded 300+ yards through the air, going 31-of-38 for three touchdowns. O’Brien also recorded a touchdown on the ground.
“It was a great team win and show the teams in our area what we can do,” said O’Brien.
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The quarterback didn’t receive his first D-1 offer until late April, when Nebraska threw a scholarship on the table. It was nearly a month after the junior at the time took quarterback MVP honors at the Opening in Los Angeles.
O’Brien had a busy summer that included an appearance in the Elite 11 Finals, giving him ample time to grow as a quarterback.
“The game wasn't as fast last night,” said O’Brien. “We were able to make the plays. The offseason has prepared me for my senior year and has built a lot of confidence in myself. It felt great. All the work the team and I put in the offseason prepared us for this and it’s nice to have it translate to the field.”
At 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, much has been made about O’Brien’s growth in the offseason. Some have hinted the quarterback is a “camp” superstar, but doesn’t play at the same level when the lights come on.
O’Brien was able to show differently on Friday night.
San Juan Hills will take on Canyon next week, who is currently 1-0 after beating Troy 24-21 on Friday night.