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Nebraska offers 2019 quarterback Terrance Gipson
Nebraska had offered 12 quarterbacks in the 2019 recruiting class until Tuesday night, when 3-star prospect Terrance Gipson picked up an offer from the Huskers.
Of those 13 offers, five have already committed. The Huskers aren’t in a rush to fill its quarterback slot in the class, but every offer they make at the position is noteworthy, specifically in this case. Gipson is on the unheralded side of quarterbacks in 2019, checking in as the No. 22 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 1,087 overall prospect.
Prior to the Nebraska offer, Gipson held one other Power 5 offer (Virginia). A potential late-bloomer on the recruiting scene, and having seen enough from him to warrant an offer, coach Scott Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco decided to throw their hats in the ring.
“Every offer I get excited about,” Gipson told Land of 10. “I knew at some point it was coming because I’ve been talking to them for a while, but it was a little sooner than what I expected. When it happened, I was just excited.
“It’s a big-time offer. I was excited to get it. My decision is going to come down to where I’m going to fit in the most and which school is most interested in me attending their school.”
Virginia and Gipson text almost every day. The Cavaliers send him videos of their practices with the hope he can imagine himself on the screen in about one year’s time.
The conversations with Frost and Verduzco have been positive, Gipson said. He’s already in the process of building his relationship with Verduzco.
“Every time I talk I talk to Coach Verdu it’s about what’s going on and what’s happening with me and the things that are happening at Nebraska,” he said.
Verduzco has informed Gipson about the passion of the fan base and the history of the program. Soon enough, Verduzco wants Gipson to see it firsthand. The plan is to take an official visit to Nebraska during the fall, Gipson said.
Between now and then, Gipson said there’s a blueprint for the Huskers to remain in the picture.
“Just stay in contact and show they’re really interested in me,” he said.
Gipson has a good idea for how Nebraska uses the quarterback in its offense and said his fit in the scheme aligns with his game.
“That’s most definitely my style,” Gipson said. “I feel as though I can be a threat to a defense with my arm. But if they drop back [and run], I can use my feet, and I feel like that’s most important, especially in today’s generation.”
The Houston (Westfield High School) native is 6-foot and 186 pounds. During his junior season, Gipson completed 122 of 197 passes for 2,047 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 145 yards on 429 carries and added 5 touchdowns on the ground, according to MaxPreps.com.
Gipson wants to make sure he conforms with the intangibles of the program and the university as a whole.
“I know what they bring to the table as an offense,” he said. “Does the school fit me? How does the campus fit for me? How do they run their football program?”
An interesting aspect of recruiting a quarterback in this class will be that he will have to be comfortable with being developed and not having a real shot at starting for quite some time. There will be a plethora of young quarterbacks on the roster, even after this season, who will be better-positioned for the starting role.
That doesn’t phase Gipson, who said he knows there will be quarterbacks on every roster, no matter which school he ultimately chooses.
“That’s not for me to worry about,” Gipson said. “I would never run away from competition. It just makes me a better person and a better player.”
Ge’mon Eaford plans spring game visit
One of the top outside linebackers is headed to Lincoln for a visit.
Ge’mon Eaford, a 4-star outside linebacker, announced on Twitter he would be checking out Lincoln during the Huskers spring game on April 21.
The Huskers offered Eaford on Dec. 5, just days into the coaching staff’s tenure at Nebraska. The gesture signals how much Nebraska values Eaford, who is the 11th-ranked outside linebacker in the class. He is the No. 172 overall prospect in the class.
Outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt is Eaford’s primary recruiter, as Eaford is a Deerfield Beach, Fla., native. Dewitt has recruited the area with success, and Eaford appears to be his latest project in Broward County.
Nebraska needs commitments from pass rushers in this class. Adding a player such as the 6-1, 220-pound Eaford would be an immediate win. Eaford went on a string of visits at the end of March, taking unofficial visits to Florida Atlantic, Auburn, Florida and Miami. The Huskers will have their chance to provide competition to those schools in 10 days.
As the spring game approaches, stick with Land of 10 as we compile which prospects will be in Lincoln for the big day.
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