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Nebraska’s early enrollees will hit the field for the first time in a Huskers jersey on Saturday at the start of spring practice.
Those in the 2017 recruiting class who have enrolled early now officially have numbers, which Nebraska formally released at head coach Mike Riley’s press conference on Wednesday.
Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. will wear No. 3, receiver Jaevon McQuitty No. 4, quarterback Tristan Gebbia No. 14, linebacker Avery Roberts No. 15 and offensive tackle Broc Bando No. 73.
The early enrollee I’ll be watching closely on Saturday will be Gebbia.
Gebbia likely isn’t in the running to be the 2017 starter with Tanner Lee and Patrick O’Brien vying for that first-string spot. But I’ll be interested to see how well he keeps up with those two.
Gebbia is about 40 pounds lighter than Lee and 50 pounds lighter than O’Brien, so he won’t be hard to pick out. And he’ll definitely look younger.
But with the amount of hype that Gebbia brought to Lincoln as a 4-star recruit from Calabasas, Calif., I’ll be interested to see how he competes with Lee and O’Brien over the course of the next few weeks.
Will he complete as many passes as the other two? Will he be able to keep up with the pace of faster receivers? Will his progressions be comparable to the other two?
Also interesting will be McQuitty and Johnson Jr. The wide receiver position is wide open for Nebraska, and those two will have plenty of opportunities to stand out.
Nebraska offers Oklahoma WR
Continuing with its recruiting push in Big 12 country, Nebraska offered Tulsa, Okla., wide receiver CJ Moore on Wednesday.
— ?CJ Moore? (@daddydimes35) March 2, 2017
Moore is a 4-star prospect, the No. 17 receiver in the 2018 class and No. 3 player from Oklahoma.
Moore has 19 offers, including from Alabama, Baylor, Georgia, Kentucky, Oregon and Ole Miss.
Alabama kicker lands offer
As Nebraska kicker Drew Brown pointed out in a press conference on Wednesday, he’s the only kicker on the roster this spring.
Just hours later, Nebraska offered a 2018 kicker, Evan McPherson from Fort Payne, Ala.
— Evan McPherson (@McPherson_Evan) March 1, 2017
McPherson does not have a star rating but does have seven scholarship offers, including from Miami, Mississippi State, Iowa State, Rutgers and Nebraska.
Nebraska does not offer kickers often, so the Huskers must really like McPherson.
Here’s a bit of his film from a Kohl’s Kicking Camp.