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LINCOLN The first Nebraska quarterback commit of the Mike Riley era wasn’t quite sure why he was waiting to visit campus.
Tuesday night, Terry Wilson of Del City, Oklahoma, decided he also wasn’t sure why he was waiting to commit to the Huskers. He’d already seen NU’s facilities up close last summer when he attended camp. He and his mother, Lois a special education teacher at a nearby high school liked what Nebraska offered academically. And Wilson is a quick fan of Riley.
“I feel very positive about the decision,” said Wilson, a three star prospect according to all four recruiting services. “I felt like I was ready to commit.”
He also beat to the punch another quarterback, Patrick O’Brien of San Juan Capistrano, California, who is scheduled to unofficially visit Nebraska this weekend. O’Brien and Wilson were both offered by offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf in late April after Langsdorf made a whirlwind tour by private jet to evaluate several prep quarterbacks.
Wilson had originally intended to visit Nebraska in late June.
“I don’t know why I was going to wait so long,” he said.
Wilson said he wasn’t sure whether Nebraska would take two quarterbacks in the class. It’s unknown how many if any at all of the five scholarship quarterbacks in the Husker program intend to leave the program after final exams. But if the Huskers do take another quarterback, Wilson said, he’ll be ready to compete. He’s not wavering, he said, from his commitment.
“I had a pretty recent conversation with Coach Riley, and he told me I was his guy,” Wilson said.
Wilson’s coach, Nick Warehime, told The World Herald in April that Wilson was “one in a million.” He had offers from Colorado, Houston, Indiana and Texas Tech, among others. The Red Raiders had especially put on the full court press in recent weeks, but Riley had a long standing relationship with Warehime and Del City because he’d recruited players from the Oklahoma City suburb while at Oregon State.
Warehime in April made a point of saying Wilson is “not a ‘dual threat’ quarterback.”
“He’s a (passing) quarterback who can run,” the coach said. “And he’s the hardest worker on the team, period.”
Wilson agreed with his coach’s assessment. He’s started since his sophomore year. Last season, he threw for 2,856 yards and 28 touchdowns.
“I feel like I’m a pass first guy, especially as I’ve grown in our system in high school,” Wilson said. He visited NU’s quarterback academy last season when Tim Beck was running the offense. Beck went to Ohio State to coach quarterbacks there; his predecessor at OSU, new Houston head coach Tom Herman, offered Wilson a scholarship in February.
But Wilson had offers from spread passing teams, too. Texas Tech and Colorado quarterbacks pass far more than they run. Besides, Riley had told reporters repeatedly that he plans to expand his pro style attack from Oregon State into one that incorporates the quarterback running game, if he can recruit talent to fit it.