LINCOLN — The prized quarterback recruit wasn’t going to do anything hasty.
One of his best buddies had just pledged to Nebraska. He’d made two visits to Lincoln in the same month. He was the only uncommitted recruit among the nation’s top 10 pro-style quarterback prospects, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
But Tristan Gebbia had to make sure — so he spent the weekend at his father’s alma mater, Ole Miss.
By Monday, Gebbia was sure.
The touted quarterback, a consensus four-star prospect out of Calabasas, California, announced on Twitter that he plans to attend Nebraska, becoming the fourth-known member of NU’s 2017 recruiting class.
“God has blessed me with a lot of great options that were all potentially great fits for me and I’d like to thank the coaches and programs who believed in my abilities and offered me a scholarship,” Gebbia wrote on Twitter. “After sitting down and talking with my family, I’ve decided that the best place for me to grow as a man and as a football player is at the University of Nebraska.”
Gebbia’s decision produced a series of celebratory reactions from NU coaches and fans on Twitter. National analysts weighed in with praise of Nebraska’s recent recruiting efforts on the West Coast.
It was just 10 days prior that Keyshawn Johnson Jr., Gebbia’s teammate at Calabasas High School, announced that he’d committed to Nebraska. The Huskers signed four players from California in their 2016 class, including highly regarded quarterback Patrick O’Brien (the state’s third-best pro-style QB, according to the 247 composite rankings) and four-star cornerback Lamar Jackson (a top-100 recruit nationally).
Now NU has locked up Gebbia.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder is rated as high as the nation’s fourth-best quarterback (Rivals) and is considered by the four major recruiting services to be a top-20 player in California. He’s the nation’s No. 159 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
As a junior for Calabasas, he completed 62.9 percent of his passes, averaged 316.8 yards per game and tossed 45 touchdowns (he threw just nine interceptions in 442 total attempts). That kind of success helped intensify the attention of schools from all over the country.
But Gebbia ultimately whittled his list down to two, Nebraska and Ole Miss.
And it was Tristan’s choice, his dad told The World-Herald in an interview Monday. Rich Gebbia played tight end for the Rebels in the late ’80s. But Rich didn’t want to insert himself too far into the decision-making process. He would have been happy no matter where his son wanted to go to school.
Tristan picked NU. But as he indicated in his social media post Monday, the decision is just the start. “A lot of hard work is ahead,” Gebbia wrote.
He’s never been one to back away from a challenge, though.
“He’s a little crazy with his training, but he has the drive to be the best,” Rich Gebbia said. “I’ve never seen anybody out-work my son.”
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