Four-star quarterback and current Nebraska verbal commit Johnny Stanton from Santa Margarita Catholic High School will have to undergo surgery due to a torn ACL, according to Mason Kelley of ESPN.com.
This is horrible news for Stanton, but it's also bad news for the Cornhuskers for obvious reasons.
While a torn ACL doesn't mean the end of Stanton's career, it certainly doesn't help him out at all, and now Nebraska would be wise to set their sites on bringing in another, healthier quarterback into their 2013 recruiting class.
Should Nebraska go after another QB?
It may seem harsh, but this is the world of college football recruiting. In the end, it's the results that actually matter.
The problem Nebraska will run in to here is that most of the country's top dual-threat quarterbacks are already locked up. This means they're going to have to search for a diamond in the rough among lower-tier prospects.
Here are three quarterbacks Nebraska needs to start chasing:
Travis Wright, Dual-Threat QB, Trinity (KY)
According to Jason Frakes of courier-journal.com, Wright went 20-of-36 for 307 yards and two touchdowns. He did throw two interceptions though.
He did display that he has what it takes to play on a big-stage though, and according to Rivals.com,he doesn't have any offers yet.
Nebraska would have the inside track if they offered Wright a chance, and right now, he's probably the best option they have for 2013.
Damian Williams, Dual-Threat QB, Archbishop Rummel (LA)
The advantage Nebraska has here is that, according to 247sports, Williams has the Cornhuskers on his interest list, and they did make an offer to him.
With other schools like Kansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Memphis on top of his list, Nebraska would have no trouble moving to the top due to their football tradition and the prestige of being a quarterback in the Big Ten.
The 3-star Williams is 6'1", 215 pounds which is great size for a dual-threat quarterback, and he's the No. 19 ranked dual-threat in the nation according to 247sports.
Jihad Vercher, Dual-Threat QB, Bishop Mora Salesian (CA)
Vercher is a 3-star pro-style recruit according to Rivals and a 2-star dual-threat recruit according to 247sports. Either way you look at it, he's a quarterback that appears to be able to fit Nebraska's system, and at this point they'll have to pursue every option at quarterback.
247sports has Nebraska listed as an interest, albeit a cool one, but with only an offer from Northern Arizona and Army (according to Rivals) to compete with, Nebraska shouldn't have a hard time recruiting the 6'1'', 190-pound quarterback.