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RECRUITING UPDATE: 'Eers Remain Interested in Gebbia, Grier

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By: Chris Jackson, WVi Content Contributor

WVU California QB target appears to be leaning towards Nebraska

After another recent visit to Nebraska, Calabasas (CA) four-star quarterback Tristan Gebbia appears to be leaning towards the Cornhuskers.

Gebbia’s latest trek out to the Cornhusker state had everything for him. He took in a baseball game while there, spent time with fellow high school teammate/wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and possibly found his next home.

Johnson is one of three Nebraska commits in the 2017 class, the highest-rated player according to ESPN. As the No. 159 overall recruit in the ESPN 300, he’s coming off a 944-yard junior season as Calabasas went 13-2 en route to a CIF Southern California Regional championship berth.

Although Gebbia hasn’t personally announced a top school or a decision date, one could be looming in the near future. There’s a trip scheduled to Ole Miss Thursday, potentially his No. 2 school behind coach Mike Riley and Nebraska.

Ole Miss’ biggest advantage is the family ties, with both of his parents alums of one of the SEC’s biggest risers over the past few seasons. Hugh Freeze has extended the win totals in each of his four seasons at the helm, topped off with the program’s first 10-win season since 2003 and a Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma State.

But Nebraska remains the likely odds-on favorite. Statements told to Rivals’ Adam Gorney following the trip to Lincoln say it all.

“Felt like family,” Gebbia told Gorney.

With a high school teammate as a fellow Cornhusker commit, the Nebraska odds reach greater heights. The duo forms one of the top quarterback-receiver tandems on the west coast, as Gebbia is also slotted as the No. 172 prospect in the 2017 ESPN 300.

It was also his second opportunity to visit Lincoln this month. He was last there March 7 and appears to be the program’s top target at the position as three-star Jack Coan (West Sayville, NY) recently committed to Wisconsin.

More News on WVU QB Transfer Target Will Grier

Will Grier’s departure from the University of Florida added more flavor to it as news broke out on the latest details last week.

According to SEC Country, Grier’s departure revolved around no guaranteed starting role when he returned from a year-long suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

That’s mainly what led to the decision to leave Gainesville, a team he led to a 6-0 record before the sudden suspension. Florida went just 4-4 without him, including a 41-7 Citrus Bowl defeat to first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan.

Apparently Grier’s father wished for guarantees when his son returned to the gridiron in the middle of the 2016 season, but Grier ultimately opted to search for a new home.

A decision hasn’t been made yet and one likely won’t be made until Spring Football comes to a halt. Along with a visit to West Virginia in early March, he’s reportedly met with Ohio State and the University of Miami (FL).

Grier isn’t allowed to find his way to an SEC school due to terms on his transfer, still leaving him with plenty of options. Miami and Ohio State could potentially lose each of their quarterbacks one year early to the NFL Draft after next year, as Brad Kaaya and JT Barrett are some of the highly-touted professional prospects at the collegiate level.

Skyler Howard also departs West Virginia following the 2016-17 campaign, likely throwing Grier into the thick of the 2017 quarterback race. But he’d have to sit out the first six games to finish the suspension, hoping to fend off the other players vying for the full-time starting role when he returns.

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