In the last decade Nebraska hasn’t landed their top prospect often at the quarterback spot, but it was the case with Calabasas (Cali.) high school product Tristan Gebbia, who received an offer before even taking a snap his junior year.
Nebraska offered a handful of nationally recruited signal-callers in 2017, some ranked higher than Gebbia. But the Calabasas four-star prospect was always the quarterback offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf spent the most time recruiting in the ’17 class.
Gebbia, a teammate of Nebraska wide receiver commit Keyshawn Johnson Jr., picked the Huskers in early April, after narrowing his choices to Mississippi, Washington, Washington State and West Virginia. During the process he also had offers from Miami, Alabama, Arizona State and Louisville.
“I'm excited to be working with Coach Langsdorf,” said Gebbia at the time of his commitment. “He has produced a lot of NFL quarterbacks, some who are still playing in the League. It was a really tough decision for me but I feel really good about and I'm excited to be a Husker."
As a senior, Gebbia finished 2016 with over 4700 passing yards and 54 touchdowns to just eight interceptions.
"Gebbia showed a live, accurate arm, was putting the ball in to some tight windows but more importantly showed a great feel for throwing the ball on time, early and anticipating," said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. "He was hitting his receivers in stride, was quick with his decisions and decisive throughout the day. He’ll need to add some weight in college but throws with a lot of heat when he needs to and showed poise and leadership as well."
In the last decade recruiting has sped up to what some call an alarming rate. Take the 2018 quarterback position for instance. Nebraska has already seen at least five of their known offers commit to other programs.
After visiting in November, Coronoa Centennial (California) high school quarterback Tanner McKee bolted up Nebraska’s recruiting board. The Husked joined BYU, Hawaii, Utah and Colorado to throw an offer down.
“I loved my visit to Nebraska. Definitely want to go back,” said McKee. “I will probably take an official visit next year. Coach Langsford said he is coming out to Centennial soon, so I will get to talk with him more after he comes out.
“I connected well with the coach while I was in Nebraska and love the facilities and fans.”
Nebraska is yet to start a quarterback head coach Mike Riley or Danny Langsdorf brought into the program. The offense at this point looks different than it will likely in two years.
“I feel I would fit into their offense very well,” said McKee. “They run a pro style offense with a little spread mixed in. I think my strong suits as a quarterback are my accuracy, arm strength, and decision making.”
Coeur d-Alene (Idaho) high school four-star Colson Yankoff was a player Nebraska visited during fall and multiple times during the month of December and January. While the junior couldn’t host the Huskers at home, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf did visit his school.
An Oregon decommitment, the 2018 prospect was the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year.
Here is a full list of other offers Nebraska has extended to 2018 quarterbacks:
An interesting prospect to watch, who has yet to land a Nebraska offer, is West Hills (California) Chaminade College Prep four-star Brevin White.
White has worked out for Nebraska at multiple camps, currently sporting an offer from Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington and Washington State. Chaminade is the home of former Husker Terrell Newby.