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Recruits shine before visit
If there’s one high school team Nebraska fans need to be following week by week, it’s Calabasas (Calif.) High School.
With 4-star QB commit Tristan Gebbia throwing to 4-star wide receiver commit Keyshawn Johnson Jr., the duo could be foreshadowing Nebraska’s 2019 season, while simultaneously nudging one of Nebraska’s top targets, 5-star WR/CB Darnay Holmes, to be one of Nebraska’s highest-rated recruits ever.
So there are story lines aplenty.
And last weekend, against Agoura (Calif.) High School, all three players showed why Nebraska is so high on all of them.
Gebbia was 23-for-31 for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns. Gebbia threw 2 picks but led Calabasas to a 46-28 rout.
Johnson Jr. caught the first touchdown pass of the season. He finished with 3 catches for 60 yards and 1 touchdown.
Holmes led the team in receptions and yards, with 7 catches for 117 yards and 3 touchdowns.
“I believe Tristan Gebbia and I are the best wide receiver-quarterback combo in the state of California,” Holmes told the Los Angeles Daily News after the game.
Calabasas rested all the starters the entire fourth quarter.
Gebbia, Johnson Jr. and Holmes will all visit Lincoln this weekend.
Leitao ready to be a recruit for Nebraska
Nebraska’s 14th commit of the 2017 class, 3-star TE Reese Leitao, compared himself to current tight end Cethan Carter in an interview with Rivals.com’s Nate Clouse this week.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Leitao said he began being recruited by Nebraska back in March and has been in constant contact with tight ends coach Tavita Thompson. Leitao committed to Nebraska over Maryland, Oklahoma State and Penn State.
“I think they’ll use me by just being a versatile threat at the end-line position as well as flexed out,” Leitao told Rivals. “I’ll try to play that H-back position kind of like who they have right now, Cethan Carter, kind of do a lot of movement in the backfield, split out and doing some end-line blocking too. I’m just going to try and be as versatile as I can be in them helping me utilize my athleticism.
“They showed me what they’ve done previously at Oregon State and then some of Cethan. Coach Thompson just emphasized that Cethan is a senior and that they need someone to help replace him. So hopefully I can come in, work hard and help replace someone like that.”
Leitao also said now that he will play for the Huskers he wants to start recruiting himself, a role that Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and Gebbia have already taken over at Calabasas. Leitao told Rivals he wants to “get on the phone” and see who he can start recruiting.
“Nebraska fans are going to see a guy that’s going to come in, work hard and hopefully see the field early. I want to start a trend of other tight ends coming to Nebraska and make it ‘Tight End U,’ and they’re just getting a guy that is going to work to see another championship at Nebraska.”
Nebraska makes top 10 for 4-star lineman
The No. 19 offensive tackle in the 2017 class put Nebraska in his top 10 this week.
Aaron Banks, a 4-star prospect from El Cerrito, Calif., listed the Huskers among his top schools in a tweet on Monday.
— BANKSofAMERICA™ (@bigaaronbanks) August 30, 2016
The other nine schools include Michigan, UCLA, USC, Oregon, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Florida, California and Arizona State.
Banks most recently unofficially visited Arizona State, Michigan and Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-7, 344-pound lineman does not have any official visits set up as of Tuesday.