Max Duggan commits to TCU
One of Nebraska’s top quarterbacks targets in the 2019 recruiting class is off the board. Max Duggan, a 4-star recruit from Council Bluffs, Iowa, announced his commitment to TCU on Sunday.
— Max Duggan (@MaxDuggan_10) April 16, 2018
Duggan had been a favorite of former Huskers coach Mike Riley and his staff. Duggan’s proximity to Lincoln made Nebraska the early favorite for the seventh-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 247Sports composite 2019 rankings. New Huskers coach Scott Frost and his staff built a relationship with Duggan, but were not in a rush to take a commitment from a quarterback in the 2019 class. With Duggan now headed to the Horned Frogs, what does Nebraska’s quarterback board look like for 2019?
Top remaining quarterback targets for Nebraska in 2019 recruiting class
Nebraska has offered 10 quarterbacks total. Four are considered pro-style, while six are ranked as dual-threat options, the latter aligning more closely with the Huskers’ offense. Nebraska has also offered two athlete who would play quarterback in college, so we’ll consider it 12 offers out to quarterbacks.
- Duggan — committed to TCU
- 4-star pro-style QB Grant Gunnell (uncommitted): I would be shocked if this panned out. Ohio State and LSU are the primary contenders for the one-time Texas A&M commit.
- 4-star pro-style QB Dylan Morris — committed to Washington
- 4-star pro-style QB Taulia Tagovailoa (uncommitted): The brother of Alabama quarterback Tua, who was the hero in this year’s national championship game, is a well-regarded prospect. Nebraska reached out early and is not to be written off here.
- 4-star pro-style QB Sam Howell — committed to Florida State
- 4-star dual QB Michael Johnson Jr. (uncommitted): Once again, there’s not a whole lot of traction here with the Huskers. His father is an assistant at Oregon and he appears headed to the Ducks.
- 4-star dual QB Jayden Daniels (uncommitted): He seems locked onto USC at the moment.
- 4-star dual QB Grant Tisdale — committed to Ole Miss
- 3-star dual QB Garrett Schrader — committed to Mississippi State
- 3-star dual QB Terrance Gipson (uncommitted): The Huskers just offered Gipson on Tuesday. He doesn’t have a lot of offers, putting Nebraska in a favorable position. The Houston native is one to keep an eye on.
- 5-star ATH Isaiah Williams — committed to Illinois
- 3-star ATH Luke McCaffrey (uncommitted): Nebraska hosted the prospect with an NFL pedigree for junior day last week. There’s mutual interest here.
At this stage in the cycle, some commitments can be considered tenuous at best. There’s always shifting, making the odds of all aforementioned committed players staying with their schools minuscule. Taking advantage of a de-commitment could be one way Nebraska makes its splash at quarterback.
Can the Huskers pull a surprise and land someone such as Daniels or Johnson Jr.? It would be unlikely, but not impossible.
The most likely option is that Nebraska continues is relationship-building with McCaffrey and Gipson, eventually taking a commitment from one. Perhaps Nebraska has yet to even offer the quarterback in its 2019 class.
But with Duggan no longer an option, Nebraska will have to look away from just across the Missouri River to find its potential quarterback of the future.