NU pulls the trigger, finally offers JUCO QB

We've been waiting, wondering if it would happen. With the top candidates dwindling at the quarterback position, it seemed like it was only a matter of time. Well, the time has come as Nebraska just extended a written offer to a junior college quarterback. And it's a quarterback that could be part of the program as early as this summer.

It would he hard to beat being the top-rated passer in all of the CCCFCA in your freshman year, playing for El Camino College. That's just what quarterback Lyle Moevao did. As a freshman for the Warriors, Moevao was the picture of efficiency, leading all of California JUCO-ball with a whopping 170.1 rating.

In 10 games, Lyle completed 128 out of his 199 passes (64%), throwing for 21 touchdowns, only seven interceptions, totaling 1,874 yards.

That's pretty good for anyone, but for a freshman, that's impressive indeed. "It was a good year, but we had a really good team and everyone just did a great job," Moevao said.

That helped the Warriors to just a one-loss season, dropping their only game to eventual national champ, Grossmont College.

For Lyle, this season and this junior college experience was a chance, where he could finally show what he could do. "In high school, we didn't pass the ball that much at all, and I wanted a chance to prove I could be a good quarterback," he said. "I knew I could do it, but I needed the offense to prove it."

Working out of a pro-style offense, Moevao said that the Warrior's offense operated from under center and out of the shotgun, approximately 50 percent of the time, each. It's what has helped him in only his first year as a starter, exhibit the skill he's always known he's had.

What all of that amounts to, of course, is getting the attention from the Division 1-A schools he was trying for out of high school, but to no avail. Nowadays, it's decidedly different.

There's plenty of attention coming from all over, but right now it's been Oregon State, Troy State and Nebraska, who have stepped up with written offers. The Huskers were the most recent to offer the sophomore-to-be.

What Lyle knows about the Huskers isn't much, but he says of what his own coaches at El Camino have told him about the big red, it sounds like a pretty good deal. "They have said of both Nebraska and Oregon State, that both are really good programs," he said. "And I know Nebraska has a tradition of winning, plus they have coaches who have NFL experience and are real good at what they do."

At this point of the recruiting season, it probably doesn't seem real surprising that Nebraska is now heading toward the junior college ranks to find a quarterback. With most of the bigger names from the prep level having already committed and some of the others they are after, planning on taking the recruiting process to an as of yet undetermined end in regard to time – the Huskers had to get at least one in the fold early if they could.

They made that very clear to Moevao once they offered him, because unlike many of the junior college players, because Lyle was an academic qualifier out of high school, he could leave El Camino as early as this summer. "If I decided on a place this summer, I'd have four years to play three," he said, indicating that he would have three years to play, along with a redshirt year if needed. "The coaches talked to me about coming in right away, taking a year to learn the system and then I'd have three years to compete."

At 6 foot even and 225 pounds, Lyle probably doesn't fit the mold of your average-everyday-drop-back-QB. Of course, depending on the offense you are running, that would really dictate just what kind of quarterback you need.

When Moevao takes a look at his own ability, he thinks what he brings to the table will work just fine. "The fact that I can work from under center or out of the shotgun equally well, I think that really helps me when it comes to playing for a big college," Lyle said. "I can move around the pocket, run when I have to, but my first goal is to make sure I have recognized everything downfield."

"Coaches want a quarterback who will look at the pass first and I try to make sure that I have made sure there aren't any options before I decide to make a play with my feet."

After the Nebraska offer came, Lyle didn't waste anytime scheduling an unofficial visit to see the land of the big red. Next weekend he'll step on campus and inside the state of Nebraska for the very first time.

Outside of what he's learned about the football program, Lyle will be the first to admit that when it comes to the state itself, he's still got a lot to learn. "Well, I don't know what the state fish is, if that's what you want to know," Lyle said. "I've still got a lot to learn about the state and all that, but the school, coaches, academics, players and the family atmosphere, is the only thing I really want to learn about right now."

By the way, since Lyle decided to bring up state fish, I asked if he knew what the state fish was, where he was born – Hawaii.

"Yeah, it's the Humuhumunukunukuopuwa'a," he said

Yeah, I'm sorry I asked.

Moving on, the obvious question about this visit up-coming was about the possibility of a commit from the El Camino standout. There are still lots of possibilities out there, with probably more offers on the way. Moevao wasn't too concerned about what he didn't know. He was looking more at what he did, and when it came to the timing of his commit, that would probably indicate just where he might go.

"If I decided I wanted to enroll this summer, I'd probably go to Nebraska," he said. "I still need to check it out, but my coaches have said a lot of really nice things about the place. The coaches have been nice and I am really looking forward to seeing it for myself. I guess after that, I'll have a lot better idea of just what I want to do."

When it comes to the Division 1-A, Lyle knows what he can do. That's why he went to junior college ball, so that he could show everyone else. He's no doubt going to get that opportunity, and all the remains is to figure out just where it's going to happen.

With the current situation at quarterback, Nebraska needs one QB who can contribute right away if needed, but they need at least one more, who can be worked into the system over time.

Is Moevao that player, who can take over for Zac Taylor, should he go down or once he departs? Stay tuned as we will bring you the latest on Lyle, what happens during his visit and if he becomes the first quarterback commit of the season.

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