QB Patrick OBrien talks Nebraska commitment
Nebraska added a key piece to its 2016 recruiting class today with the commitment of San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) San Juan Hills quarterback Patrick O'Brien.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound signal-caller recently took an unofficial visit to Nebraska which ultimately led him to making the decision today. O'Brien said he's known for a while that he wanted to be a Husker, but wanted to wait until offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf visited his school again before making it official.
"I kind of knew after my visit, I just kind of wanted to make it a surprise and I wanted to do it when Coach Langsdorf came out to my school today," O'Brien said. "He was very excited, he seemed very happy and was ready to go."
Nebraska was the first school to offer O'Brien this past April after Langsdorf was able to see him throw in person. The two have been able to build a strong relationship since that time and it was a deciding factor in O'Brien's decision.
"It was just my relationship with (Langsdorf) because that's who I'm going to spend the next four or five years with," O'Brien said. "I felt like having a really great relationship with him is really key and I was just ready to pull the trigger."
O'Brien says he's looking forward to representing where he's from while playing for the Huskers and is hoping to add wins and championships to Nebraska's existing tradition.
"I'm representing where I'm from, I'm representing San Juan Capistrano, but I'm going to be playing for Nebraska," O'Brien said. "I want to bring back the National Championships and the Big Ten Championships back to Nebraska. I just want to win a lot of game and do really good."
Now that he has officially committed, he plans on being a leader as well as a recruiter for the Huskers in order to help add other great players that he knows to the recruiting class.
"I'm definitely going to try to get players to join me," O'Brien said. "I mean, I want to try to get the guys that I throw to and all of my buds to come and play with me. They all love me throwing to them and I would love to throw to them (at Nebraska). So of course, I'm going to be a recruiter and try t get everyone to come to Nebraska."
O'Brien also stated that he feels he possesses a number of qualities that will fit in well with Nebraska's offense.
"I feel like I'm a bigger quarterback with a very strong arm that can throw the ball where ever it needs to be," O'Brien said. "I can run a pro-style offense, but I'm also a guy that - I'm not a 4.4 burner - can moved around in the pocket like (Tom) Brady and can run a little bit. I really like to compare my game to an Andrew Luck, that's who I try to play as and I've heard people say that I kind of play like him. He's such a great player so that's who I really like to model my playing style after."
While O'Brien has continued to see more and more attention come his way from other schools, he says that he is done with the recruiting process and happy to be committed to Nebraska.
"I'm going to be a Nebraska Cornhusker," O'Brien said. "I'm not going to change my commitment. I'm not the type of kid to de-commit on that."
With the addition of O'Brien, the Huskers now have six commitments for 2016 and he joins Terry Wilson as the second quarterback in the class. He chose Nebraska over offers from Texas Tech, Colorado, and Colorado State among others.
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