Three-star quarterback and Class of 2016 recruit Patrick O’Brien, of San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano, California, has committed to the University of Nebraska. O’Brien made the announcement on his personal Twitter page.
— Patrick O'Brien (@oneandonlyPOB) May 21, 2015
Standing 6’4″ and weighing in at 233 pounds, O’Brien is a pocket passer who had also received offers from Colorado State, Texas Tech and UNLV. In the rankings on 247 Sports, he is the No. 50 prospect at his position.
All of a sudden, Huskers fans need not dread the day that current quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. leaves the program. O’Brien’s commitment gives new head coach Mike Riley two quarterback commitments for 2016, along with three-star recruit Terry Wilson of Del City, Oklahoma. Suddenly, depending on what other recruits come in, it’s looking as though Nebraska could soon find itself as a Big Ten contender once again.
In its final season under coach Bo Pelini, who was fired at regular season’s end, the Huskers went 9-3 (5-3 Big Ten). The team then lost to USC in the Holiday Bowl under the watch of interim coach Barney Cotton. Nebraska opens the 2015 campaign on September 5, hosting BYU at Memorial Stadium.