Nebraska Recruiting: Trust in Young QBs Rising Around Country
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Nebraska Recruiting: Trust in Young QBs Rising Around Country

August 28, 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.


We have seen the trust level in true freshman quarterbacks rise in recent years. Josh Rosen, Jake Browning, Brock Purdy and Trevor Lawrence have all recently started as true freshmen. In those cases, the players didn’t just start but also excelled. Lawrence even led his team to a national championship last season. He enters 2019 as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. 

Of course, last season Nebraska had its own freshman quarterback in Adrian Martinez. The California native set 11 school records and became the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. He also led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game at 295.1 yards per game. He enters the 2019 season on multiple award watch lists and is also a fringe-Heisman candidate going into the season. 

Because of Martinez’ youth it should have been hard for Nebraska to land a quality 2019 quarterback recruit but that was not the case. Enter Luke McCaffrey.

The former Valor Christian standout has turned heads since early enrolling at Nebraska. There was a spirited battle for the backup quarterback job but that job went to Noah Vedral in Week 1. 

But what about the other quarterbacks Nebraska offered scholarships to in the 2019 cycle? 

Coach Scott Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco offered some guys that are already doing big things. Sam Howell wound up at North Carolina. He joined new coach Mack Brown after decommitting from Florida State and is the starting quarterback for the Tar Heels. Remember California quarterback Jayden Daniels? During his senior season he threw for 5,139 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,292 yards and 15 more scores. Coach Herm Edwards named him the starting quarterback at Arizona State. 

An early favorite of mine in the recruiting process, Max Duggan, wound up at TCU. Duggan did not win the quarterback battle. Coach Gary Patterson opted for experience over youth. Still, Patterson has said that Duggan will get reps this season. 

Nebraska has not offered many quarterbacks for the 2020 cycle. A big part of that is the fact that quarterback Logan Smothers is rock solid on his commitment. He’s been in Nebraska’s class since July of 2018.

A decade ago it would have been unheard of that so many freshmen were trusted to lead a football team. Times have changed and signal-callers are more advanced than ever. Good thing the Huskers have a couple of guys that have a good eye for talent.

Recruit Watch

>> Wisconsin picked up a commitment from tight end Cam Large on Tuesday evening. 

>> Huskers junior college wide receiver target Omar Manning posted a picture from his last game on Twitter. He had a great game racking up six catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns.

>> Priority defensive line recruit Marquis Black was feeling the love from the Huskers on Twitter. 

ICYMI

>> Nebraska is going to go as far as Adrian Martinez can take them, writes Brandon Vogel. (Premium)

>> Freshman tight end Chris Hickman has worked his way into the discussion for Saturday. (Premium)

>> The Husker coaches are as eager as you are to see Wan’Dale Robinson in a real game. (Premium)

>> Hail Varsity is partnering with former Husker Jeremiah Sirles for a new twist on a post game show. 

>> Nebraska has indefinely suspended Andre Hunt and Katerian LeGrone. See what else was discussed when Troy Walters met with the media.

>> Outside hitter is up next on Jacob Padilla’s volleyball preview series.

>> The defensive back group has gotten very close and hope that fuels on-field improvement. (Premium)

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