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Matthew Tago trending toward Nebraska with announcement looming
Nebraska quarterback target Matthew Tago will announce his college decision at 7 p.m. CT Saturday — 5 p.m. local time for the Lancaster, Calif., native. He will have three hats on the table: Oregon State, Utah and Nebraska. The latest indications are that it’s a two-horse race between the Beavers and Huskers.
A recent flurry of Crystal Ball predictions have gone in favor of Nebraska. However, on Tuesday, an Oregon State recruiting writer picked the Beavers. The Huskers are the favorites, but it’s not set in stone.
Tago was at one point committed to UCLA, as was recent Nebraska commit Cam’ron Jones, who turned up the heat on Tago on Friday afternoon.
— BUBBA (@camgonework15) February 2, 2018
Despite having incoming freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez already enrolled, Nebraska coach Scott Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco have been adamant about adding another quarterback.
The Huskers are the only school to recruit Tago as an offensive player, with other programs recruiting him as a linebacker. Analysts believe Tago has enough talent to play on either side of the ball. If he believes the same, it would make sense for Tago to bet on himself and try his hand at quarterback with the Huskers.
Tago recently was named Offensive Player of the Year in his high school’s (Quartz Hill) division. The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Tago passed for 3,173 yards and 38 touchdowns last season while adding 500 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, according to MaxPreps.
Oregon State visited Tago this week (his lead recruiter there is, ironically, former Nebraska linebackers coach and current Beavers assistant Trent Bray). Verduzco was expected to visit him Friday.
If I had a Crystal Ball pick, I would cast one in favor of Nebraska.
Matthew Tago comments on official visit
Other than speaking to Greg Biggins of 247Sports, Tago has gone radio silent since his official visit to Nebraska last weekend. He made the trip with Nebraska commit Dominick Watt and 3-star athlete target Cam Taylor, who hung out with Tago. The trio got along well, Taylor said, and Tago appeared to enjoy the visit.
“I really enjoyed it out there,” Tago said. “I loved the facilities — that was probably my favorite part of the visit. Coach Frost was great, too. I had a chance to sit down with him and he broke down how he sees me fitting in.
“They like me as a quarterback and he showed me the offense and feels my playing style fits in really well. He said he likes my physicality and how I can run the football. The players were great with me as well and I had real good comfort level. So overall, really good visit.”
But at the end of the day, Tago, like most recruits, seems to be happy that his recruitment is coming to a close.
“I’m excited for this process to be over. It has been a fun process but a long one, so I’m excited to have the decision over with.”
Scott Frost visits 2019 quarterback Max Duggan
With Frost and Co. trying to secure the commitment of Tago to round out his quarterback room in the 2018 class, it’s time to start recruiting the position for 2019. It just so happens that one of the Huskers’ top targets at the position is 4-star dual-threat signal caller Max Duggan, who attends Council Bluffs (Iowa) Lewis Central, just across the Nebraska-Iowa border.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Frost trekked to Lewis Central on Friday to see Duggan. While other members of the staff have been there already, this is believed to be the first time Frost and Duggan have met.
I can confirm that Nebraska coach Scott Frost is at Lewis Central High School. Huskers are among those who have offered four-star Class of '19 QB Max Duggan.
— Kevin White (@KWhiteOWH) February 2, 2018
Duggan is the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in his class and the No. 265 prospect overall. His recruitment has garnered attention nationally, with Ohio State, Penn State and Georgia jumping into the process. Regional programs Minnesota, Iowa and Iowa State have been recruiting him for a while.
Duggan made an unofficial visit to Nebraska last fall. His recruitment began with the former coaching staff, but Frost’s offense fits Duggan better than the previous scheme. Expect Nebraska to make him a top priority as 2019 recruiting heads into full swing.
All 10 of the predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball have Duggan committing to Nebraska. But it’s a long time between now and the early signing period in December (presuming he wants to sign then).
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