Nebraska finished the 2018 recruiting class on a strong note, thanks to the efforts of Scott Frost and his staff, but expect the Cornhuskers to take the next step with a successful 2019 class. Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca will answer a recruiting question of the day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Ask him a question on Twitter (@BOOMbaca or @Landof10Huskers) or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.
Craig brings up a good point. Nebraska’s quarterback depth is skewed significantly toward underclassmen.
First, a refresher on who we’re dealing with here.
O’Brien and Bunch have exhausted the most eligibility of the group at this point, and they’re only sophomores. Vedral, who transferred from UCF, will have to sit out 2018 but will be a redshirt sophomore come 2019. Gebbia is a redshirt freshman; Masker and Martinez are true freshmen. Nebraska coach Scott Frost has said he prefers to keep five scholarship quarterbacks on the team at any given time.
That means whomever comes out on top of the quarterback battle this spring and summer has a real chance of being the starter for the next three or four seasons. Having a stronghold on the position could potentially scare away top quarterback recruits, and with good reason. The top prospects coming out of high school naturally prefer a situation that offers playing time at some point. To a man, the average recruit won’t shy away from competition.
But if there’s a logjam at the position, could you blame a recruit for going to a school where he might see the field earlier, or at least have a better chance of earning the starting spot at some point in his career?
There’s still odds and ends to tie up regarding the current depth chart. One of the quarterbacks could transfer at the end of spring ball. Nebraska reportedly is exploring the transfer market. Those machinations could change the dynamic of the quarterback battle and the subsequent recruiting fallout.
Regarding Max Duggan, the 2019 target and 4-star quarterback recruit from Council Bluffs, Iowa, mentioned in the question, I’m sure it’s an aspect of his decision he’s weighing. Once again, that wouldn’t be uncommon.
Some recruits don’t feel the need to start right away and have no problem taking a redshirt and waiting their turn on the depth chart. Others have a desire to play right away. It comes down to preference and finding a symbiotic relationship between pushing the quarterbacks already on the roster for playing time and providing experience.
Frost will find the quarterback who will make it work.
Correction: This post initially listed Noah Vedral as a scholarship player, but he is actually not on scholarship for the upcoming season. Land of 10 regrets the error.
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