Mario Verduzco

Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco is already working on the 2021 cycle of prospects for the Husker football program. 

Nebraska will host two 2021 quarterbacks during the weekend recruiting barbecue.

Mission Viejo (California) signal caller Peter Costelli — who has 11 Power Five scholarship offers — has been planning for weeks to visit with his mom. Now, he’ll be joined by Jupiter (Florida) quarterback Santino Marucci, who just completed his sophomore season at The Benjamin School. Both are unofficial visitors.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Marucci, who also has an offer from Kentucky, Cincinnati and two other schools, is a recent scholarship offer by quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco.

“I have never been to the university before so it will be nice to experience all Nebraska has to offer,” Marucci said via message. Marucci threw for 1,614 yards and 18 touchdowns — he rushed for 546 yards and seven touchdowns — for The Benjamin School, a private day academy whose head coach, Eric Kresser, played at Florida and Marshall and briefly appeared in the Gators’ 1996 Fiesta Bowl loss to Nebraska.

Costelli, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, got his first scholarship offer from NU, but several programs, including LSU and Oregon, followed suit. Costelli played his sophomore season at Rancho Santa Margarita (California) High School, where he threw for 2,292 yards and 20 touchdowns.

NU has shown it's not afraid to accept the commitment of a quarterback one year ahead of his recruiting cycle, as evidenced by the commit of 2020 prospect Logan Smothers last summer. Smothers hasn’t wavered on his decision and Nebraska hasn’t, either. NU quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco tends to only set forth actionable offers, so the Huskers would likely accept the commitment of either Costelli or Marucci should it come this summer.

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