Nebraska had two quarterbacks — 1A and 1B, if you will — at the top of its 2017 recruiting board.
1B — Sayville, New York, signal caller Jack Coan — just picked Wisconsin.
1A is Calabasas quarterback Tristan Gebbia. His high school teammate, Keyshawn Johnson, Jr., just committed to Nebraska.
First, Coan. He visited last week — March 17 — during spring practice. He spent most of that practice talking with Nebraska's two directors of player personnel — Ryan Gunderson and Billy Devaney. Of the two prospects, I thought Coan was the bigger guy and better runner, but lacked that howitzer arm that Gebbia shows off. Still, Wisconsin got a really good quarterback. Nebraska will have to tussle with that guy a few times.
Now, Gebbia. He's visited Nebraska several times. He's visited Ole Miss, too. That's where his dad played football. Ole Miss also has a true freshman quarterback, Shea Patterson, who was the No. 1 QB recruit in the 2016 class. For what it's worth, Gebbia has a better arm — at least on tape — than Patterson does. Further, Ole Miss's offense, a kind of passing spread with zone read stuff mixed in, isn't much of a "next level" kind of offense. The better schematic fit for Gebbia is probably what Mike Riley and Nebraska are doing.
But, as people know, it's been hard for recruits to say no Ole Miss in recent years.
If Nebraska does land Gebbia — who's been pretty quiet about the process but could decide anytime soon — it'd be quite a coup, getting what may be the top quarterback out of California in 2016 and 2017. It'd send, too, a further message that Mike Riley, as a recruiter, has the touch in the state where he used to coach NFL.
If not — if Gebbia picks Ole Miss or some other school or, well, Ole Miss — Nebraska has an entire evaluation period in April to find new quarterbacks to offer. Just like NU did at this time last year.
The Huskers got Patrick O'Brien out of that process.
Not a bad get, huh?