Nebraska has tapped into California for their 2016 quarterback recruit and could be trying do it again for their 2017 signal-caller.
Over the weekend, the Huskers hosted four-star Calabasas high school quarterback Tristan Gebbia. A teammate of fellow visitors Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and Darnay Holmes, Gebbia currently has offers from schools like Alabama, Arizona State and Miami.
“I really enjoyed my visit,” said Gebbia, who already visited Nebraska last March. “It was exciting to see the game day experience. I was impressed.”
Maybe even more beneficial to Gebbia was getting to watch the Huskers’ practice on Friday.
“I really enjoyed the experiencing of seeing how the coaches coach on the practice field, I really liked how they coach,” said Gebbia, who watched offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf closely. “I do feel I would be a good fit at Nebraska in what their style is.
Gebbia has plenty of people around him to talk about Nebraska and head coach Mike Riley. Multiple members of his team are being recruited by Nebraska, including 2016 commit Marquel Dismuke. Keyshawn Johnson Sr. played for Riley.
But, the quarterback enjoyed talking Husker football with guys not from the state of California.
“I thought it was awesome to talk with players not from the state as me and see how things are, where they live, and how they practice,” said Gebbia. “We talked about how their game days are. It was awesome.”
Of course, another California quarterback, Patrick O’Brien, was also in Gebbia’s ear.
“He was telling me how great it is at Nebraska,” said Gebbia. “He’s all for having the best players at Nebraska, so he was telling me it is the place to be.”
Despite Nebraska dropping the game 23-21 to Wisconsin, Gebbia liked what he saw on the field.
“I was still really impressed. The offense had its struggles, but it really picked up,” said Gebbia. “The vertical threats and the screen game are pretty effective. For me to come out and see that in person, it was a productive trip. It was awesome.”