The perfect time for Patrick O'Brien to give his verbal commitment to Nebraska arrived on Thursday, when Huskers quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf was O'Brien's school, San Juan Capistrano (California) Hills High School.
"I wanted to tell him in person," O'Brien said Thursday. So he did, and became NU's second quarterback commit for the 2016 class.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect — a three-star player according to all four major recruiting services — joins Terry Wilson, a 3-star recruit from Del City, Oklahoma, who committed earlier in the month. Wilson committed to NU just days before O'Brien made his unofficial visit. Wilson's commitment, O'Brien said, had no effect on his own.
"Nebraska told me from the beginning they were taking two quarterbacks," said O'Brien, who, along with Wilson, was part of Langsdorf's whirlwind tour of evaluating quarterbacks in late April. O'Brien and Wilson were the only two quarterbacks Langsdorf offered from that tour after NU's top target, Brandon Peters, committed to Michigan in early April.
O'Brien said he was wowed by his "really amazing" weekend visit to Lincoln, in which he talked at length with Langsdorf and head coach Mike Riley.
"I have a great relationship with Coach Langsdorf and Coach Riley is a great guy, too," O'Brien said.
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O'Brien's announcement on Twitter:
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Video: Highlights from O'Brien's junior season: