Nebraska picked up a huge commitment Monday, as Johnny Stanton of Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Santa Margartia, CA, committed to Nebraska. Stanton is a three-star according to Scout and Rivals, but he is much better than his three stars show.
He was recently selected to compete in the Elite 11 QB Competition, which selects the best high school QBs in the nation, and is the 267th best player in the country according to ESPN. Stanton is a sleeper QB that will continue to rise in the rankings.
Stanton is a QB that is built for Nebraska's offense. He is a dual-threat QB, but is a passer first and runner second.
But that doe not mean he can't lay a hit. He is decently fast, but hits like a fullback. Watching his video, Stanton has great skills and leadership.
Stanton will join the Huskers in 2013, with starting QB Taylor Martinez as a senior, and backups Brion Carnes, a junior, and Tommy Armstrong as most likely a redshirt freshmen. So most likely Stanton will be redshirt his first year at Nebraska.
But Husker fans will be clamoring to see Stanton hit the field, to see this recruit who is drawing comparisons to other dual-threat QBs like Tim Tebow and Jake Locker. And with Nebraska's young but talented receiving corps, Stanton will have plenty of weapons around him.
According to a report from Husker Online, Stanton was down to Oregon, Wisconsin, and Nebraska, but felt most comfortable at Nebraska. What helped was his parents loved Nebraska, and that Stanton has been working with the same QB coach that Martinez is working with, and developed a relationship with Martinez.
Now that Stanton has committed to the Huskers, he plans on helping other recruits and coaches in bringing other top-ranked recruits to Nebraska, especially from California. With Stanton's commitment, it would not surprise me to see an increase in offensive recruits committing or showing interest in Nebraska to play with Stanton.
With Stanton's commitment, this gives Nebraska three players in ESPN's Top 300. It also moves Nebraska up in the team rankings to 20th on Scout and 20th on Rivals. Nebraska is still behind Big Ten rivals Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State, but with only have the class filled, the class will continue to rise.
Stanton's commitment is the first from the state of California and the first from the West Coast. This brings the state totals up to Ohio: four, Indiana: two, Nebraska: one, South Dakota: one, Wisconsin: one, Louisiana: one, Texas: one, California: one, and Maryland: one.
In terms of positions, Stanton is the first quarterback. This brings the position totals to three linebackers, three safeties, two defensive linemen, one quarterback, one offensive lineman, one tight end, one receiver, and one long snapper. Nebraska's class is about halfway full, and is shaping up to be a good one that fills the holes that Nebraska has at certain positions.
Stanton also has a message to all the Husker fans, "I'd just like to say thank you for the support that I've had from them, and I think that it's going to be a fun time when I'm at Nebraska."
Stanton is a great pickup and could be Nebraska's next great QB. Hopefully his commitment will open the gates to other top ranked recruits. GBR!