LINCOLN — Nebraska’s football team will host a transferring Tulane quarterback this weekend who’s in search of a pro-style offense and has connections to the Huskers’ staff.
Tanner Lee, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder who started 19 games for the Green Wave over the past two seasons, told the World-Herald Wednesday night he’s “very excited” for an official visit to Nebraska this weekend. NU is hosting several high school prospects as well, but Lee, who just completed his sophomore season, would be eligible to play in 2017 after sitting out one season.
“I’m very familiar with Nebraska’s football tradition,” Lee said. “I just want to see more of the program and get a feel for it.”
Lee knows wide receivers coach Keith Williams, who used to coach wideouts at Tulane. Lee reached out to Williams after choosing to leave Tulane when the Green Wave hired Willie Fritz, who at Georgia Southern ran a no-huddle, spread option offense that doesn’t fit Lee’s skill set.
Nebraska’s pro-style system, as directed by coach Mike Riley and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf, does fit Lee’s talents. Tulane’s offense — before Fritz was hired — was similar, and those similarities played a role in Williams being such a good fit at Nebraska, where he helped the Huskers’ wide receiver corps become one of the best in the Big Ten.
Lee was a three-star prospect out of Jesuit High School in New Orleans in 2013, according to 247 Sports Composite service.
He just completed a visit to LSU, which is also hunting for quarterbacks. Lee said the conversations with LSU have been “good” but he wants to look at all of his options, including other FBS schools and a few FCS schools, where Lee wouldn’t have to sit out for a season.
Nebraska and Lee have “mutual interest,” Lee said. He was a business major at Tulane and wants to look further into Nebraska’s business school as he researches the program.
Should Lee transfer within the FBS, he’d be a fifth-year senior when eligible in 2017. Lee said he thought he might be able to get a sixth year of eligibility, however.
At Tulane, he threw for 1,962 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as a redshirt freshman, then threw for 1,639 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a sophomore. He missed games with a concussion and a broken finger this season as Tulane finished 3-9. Lee also played with the broken finger, which hurt his passing stats.
By the time Lee would be eligible, Tommy Armstrong and Ryker Fyfe would already have exhausted their eligibility. The expected 2017 quarterback roster, as of now, includes Zack Darlington and AJ Bush, who will be sophomores this season, along with incoming freshman Patrick O’Brien and a presumptive signee in the 2017 recruiting class. Nebraska’s top target for that spot is Tristan Gebbia of Calabasas, California.
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