One area that Nebraska fans were very excited for when Scott Frost and company took over is quarterback recruiting. Given this staff’s track record of finding and developing QBs, there is even more attention paid to who they choose to evaluate and offer. Three-star (HV Rating: 84.5) John Rhys Plumlee from Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi is one of the signal-callers that Frost and Mario Verduzco have taken a liking to.
The two-sport star also plays centerfield for his school’s baseball team and was getting ready for the third round of the playoffs Thursday when I caught up with him. The Huskers have been in contact with Plumlee since early February. He received an offer Feb. 23 and stays in constant contact with the Huskers via text. He’s the latest prospect to mention talking often to Frost.
“I talk to Coach Frost and Coach Verdu probably the most”, Plumlee said. “It was really neat to meet coach Verdu the other day. He seems like a real cool guy. Talking with both of them on the phone, they seem like great guys.”
Verduzco was in Hattiesburg on Tuesday to see Plumlee throw. So, how does the young quarterback think the throwing session went?
“I didn’t do as well as I wanted to," he said. "I didn’t have a great day. I think I did well enough to get Coach Verdu excited about me, though. He really got to just watch me throw. It was just good to see him in person. He’s always said they want me a lot.
When I asked Plumlee if anything was standing out to him about Nebraska so far, he admitted he didn’t know a whole lot about the school yet. However, he knows about the staff’s reputation and has heard about the spring game.
“The staff has to be big-time for sure. I heard about the spring game having an unreal amount of people there, so that was really neat to hear about,” he said.
Plumlee estimates he has 18 scholarship offers right now and hasn’t really whittled down the list. He tells me that he wants to keep an open mind and thinks this summer he will really look into schools seriously when he can travel and see schools. It gets a bit interesting though because not every school is recruiting him to play quarterback.
He does prefer to stay at quarterback so it remains to be seen how much that hurts Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and others that are recruiting him for other positions.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.