Tyler Gabbert Follows in Brother's Footsteps, Decommits From Nebraska

Ryan FallerAnalyst IDecember 9, 2009

It's appearing increasingly likely that Tyler Gabbert will follow in his big brother's footsteps.

Multiple sources are reporting Wednesday afternoon that Gabbert, the younger brother of current Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, has withdrawn his commitment from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, whom he gave a non-binding verbal pledge in June.

Gabbert is expected to visit Columbia this weekend, along with a number of other recruits who are still considering Missouri.

High school players have until the Feb. 3 National Signing Day deadline to make their college choices, at which time verbal commitments become binding agreements.

Gabbert's father, Chuck, reportedly confirmed to Power Mizzou on Wednesday that his son officially withdrew his commitment from the Huskers.

Blaine Gabbert, MU's first-ever five-star recruit, originally committed to Nebraska in May of 2007. However, he changed his choice to the hometown Tigers six months later when it became clear that Nebraska would fire head coach Bill Callahan and move toward a more run-oriented offensive scheme.

A four-star quarterback prospect, Tyler Gabbert (6'0", 190 lbs.) is rated by Rivals.com as the seventh-best player in the state and No. 17 overall in the nation at his position. During his senior year at Parkway West High School in Ballwin, Mo., where he took over the starting duties from his older brother in 2008, Gabbert threw for 965 yards, eight touchdowns, and four interceptions.

He also rushed for 228 yards and two scores on 70 carries.

It's not known why Gabbert wavered on his pledge to the Huskers, but Chuck Gabbert did say his son thought it was necessary to decommit in order to justify considering other programs.

It has not been reported whether he will take visits to other schools.

"He didn't think he could evaluate other options without being decommitted," Chuck Gabbert said. "He didn't believe that would have been fair to anybody."

Despite Nebraska's noteworthy success this season, which included nine wins, a Big 12 North title, and a near miss at a BCS appearance, Tyler Gabbert is not the only recruit to spurn the Cornhusker program.

Curtis Carter , a four-star athlete from Stonewall, La., recently withdrew his pledge after committing to the Huskers in late October. Carter, who now counts Missouri and TCU among his top two schools, is expected to join Gabbert in an official visit to Columbia this weekend.

If Gabbert ends up officially committing to MU, he'll join James Franklin (Corinth, Tx.) to give the Tigers a pair of highly regarded quarterback prospects for next season. Missouri has already received an oral commitment from nationally touted 2011 quarterback recruit Corbin Berkstresser (Lee's Summit, Mo.).

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