Early Look: 2017 Nebraska QB Recruiting

National Signing Day is in the book. Let's shift our whole attention over to Nebraska's 2017 class.

OFFERED QUARTERBACKS:

Hunter Johnson (Clemson commit), Dylan McCaffrey, Tristan Gebbia, Ryan Kelly (Oregon commit), Jake Fromm (Alabama), Jack Coan and Tua Tagovailoa.

TOP OF THE BOARD:

Tristan Gebbia, Calabasas high school (Cali.) – A teammate of Husker signee Marquel Dismuke, and 2017 prospects Keyshawn Johnson Jr and Darnay, Gebbia boasts offers from Miami, Alabama, Arizona State, Kentucky, and Louisville.

GUY TO WATCH IN THE 500-MILE RADIUS:

Rocky Lombardi, Valley high school (IA) – A former teammate of Husker signee John Raridon, Lombardi currently has offers from Iowa State and Virginia Tech. Lombardi has a strong arm and avoids pressure well in the pocket. The level of competition he’s facing week in and week out could be better. Is he a Nebraska offeree type at this point? Probably not, but a strong senior season could get him even more D-1 looks before Feb. 2017.

OVERVIEW:

After looking like they would take two quarterbacks in the 2016 class, Nebraska ended up only with four-star Patrick O'Brien – a more than solid consolation.

O’Brien looks poised to be a possible three-year starter at Nebraska, but what if he’s a bust? Sophomores A.J. Bush and Zack Darlington don’t have much of a track record at this point, meaning the 2017 class at the quarterback spot remains ultra important – even if it’s only to bring in competition for O’Brien.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see Gebbia jump in the class early, possibly even as early as the spring game. If he were to remain steady in the national rankings, he would be the highest Nebraska quarterback commits since Cody Green (Jamal Turner was rated as a quarterback, but moved to WR quickly). 

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW:

Will Bush and Darlington both stick around? Or will one of them try to go somewhere they can play if they don’t make a move in the fall. Don’t forget about the possible of former Tulane starting quarterback Tanner Lee. While Lee won’t be jumping on a roster until this summer, the Louisiana native has starting game experience and would likely be a factor on any team’s depth chart. The Huskers have a real shot at landing the soon to be redshirt junior.   


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