McKewon: Stanton's ability to lead sets him apart
Nebraska recruit Johnny Stanton, center, led one of the country's best high school teams in Santa Margarita Catholic last season. Stanton's leadership ability has drawn praise from recruiting analysts and coaches, including NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck. “When you're in front of that huddle, you'd better have it all,” Beck said.
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:00 am
LINCOLN — He doesn't have five stars. He will not appear, I suspect, at the top of many “best recruit” lists. Blame that on an injury that took away the last half of his senior season. And blame that, too, on a kid he'll have to battle for four years at Nebraska.
But Johnny Stanton is the most important recruit of Nebraska's 2013 class. He's the quarterback. Quarterbacks shape programs. And the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., can do that. He's big, runs tough, has a nose for the first-down marker and possesses a strong arm (if funky delivery). Until he tore his ACL, he conducted the nation's best high school football team. And he's a natural, come-and-get-it commander.
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