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Nebraska Recruiting: QB Depth Flourishing Under Frost and Verduzco

October 29, 2019

Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.

Throughout this season there has been a lot of talk about depth on the Huskers’ roster. That conversation is mainly focused on a lack of depth. In yesterday’s notebook we focused on just how much attrition the Huskers have had since 2015. Namely how many players that committed to Nebraska but didn’t even finish their careers in Lincoln.

On the flip side of that, one area where I feel comfortable saying the Huskers have improved their depth is at quarterback. And you have to have a good quarterback to make this offense truly go the way Coach Scott Frost wants it to. The Huskers have stockpiled the room with talent. Since Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco arrived in Lincoln, they have completely reshaped the room quickly. 

Adrian Martinez, Noah Vedral and Luke McCaffrey have all been added to the “cube” room in the last two years. While Martinez is the entrenched starter now, his two seasons at Nebraska have shown the need for quality depth. Vedral and McCaffrey have shown themselves to be more than just depth guys. Each seem capable of running the offense well in Martinez’ absence. 

Frost seemed to agree during his Monday press conference. 

“I think quarterback is one example of a position where there is no question, we have improved, gotten more talent in here, [and] increased our depth,” he said. “All three of those kids are good players and we are in a good spot to have all three of them. I don’t know if I have ever had three on a team that have the talent of the three that we have right now. So, that spells good things for the future and right now they are all three nicked up, so we are going to have to do the best we can in the short term.”

There is another name joining the fray in January that Frost can’t mention according to NCAA rules. Logan Smothers, the quarterback commit for the 2020 cycle, is also a terrific prospect. He’s having a big senior season with 1,821 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and is completing 73% of his passes. He is also averaging 6.2 yards per carry with 11 rushing scores. 

His team is undefeated as they await the state playoffs to start.

The future is very bright for Nebraska at one of the more important positions on the football field. The Huskers will continue working to put pieces around the quarterbacks but the early returns tell us the offense will be in good hands for years to come. 

Recruit Watch

>> Lincoln Southeast star Isaac Gifford picked up and offer from New Mexico State on Monday night. 

>> Huskers running back commit Sevion Morrison had 217 all-purpose yards in a win last weekend.

>> Canadian offensive lineman Leif Magnuson will be in Lincoln this Sunday for an unofficial visit. 


>> Nebraska’s losses are prompting questions but Frost ‘doesn’t question’ his coaches, writes Derek Peterson. (Premium)

>> The latest Conversations with Cook dive into the Huskers being strong statistically at the halfway mark of the season. (Premium)

>> Nebraska’s defense faced some third down woes on defense against Indiana. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander talked about that and more on Tuesday. 

>> The Lo-Down is back to look at the benefit of playing multiple sports. 

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