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Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O'Brien has never wavered since announcing his commitment to Nebraska in May. Now the quarterback has put his signature behind it.

O'Brien on Thursday signed his financial aid agreement papers with Nebraska. While such an agreement doesn't bind a player to a school, it does further connect the two parties, allowing coaches unlimited communication with a player, whether that be in-home visits or phone calls.

Husker coaches can now also publicly discuss O'Brien's commitment.

O'Brien tweeted a picture of him signing the paper, including the message, "Excited to be officially a Cornhusker."

True freshman defensive backs Aaron Williams, Eric Lee Jr. and Avery Anderson signed such papers in the last recruiting class. O'Brien's commitment has been just as strong. The prospect from San Juan Hills High School in California plans to enroll in classes in Lincoln in January and participate in spring ball.

O'Brien is coming off an eye-popping senior season in which he fell just short of 3,000 yards passing and threw 32 touchdowns. He completed more than 70 percent of his passes.

With that good Husker recruiting news came some bad. Nebraska lost out on offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum (Powder Springs, Georgia).

Despite two visits to Lincoln over the past couple of years, Anchrum picked Clemson over the Huskers in an announcement at his high school.

Nebraska remains at 14 known commitments for its 2016 class that should include at least 22.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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Nebraska's 2016 recruits

A closer look at Nebraska's recruiting class for 2016.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School)
Quayshon Alexander LB 6-3 230 Wayne, N.J. (De Paul Catholic)
DiCaprio Bootle CB 5-11 175 Miami, Fla. (Southridge)
Bryan Brokop OL 6-5 280 New Lenox, Ill. (Lincoln-Way West)
Marquel Dismuke DB 6-2 170 Calabasas, Calif.
JoJo Domann LB 6-1 210 Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek)
Patrick O'Brien QB 6-3 230 San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (San Juan Hills)
John Raridon OL 6-4 270 West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley)
Greg Simmons LB 6-2 225 Fort Pierce, Fla. (Central)
JD Spielman ATH 5-8 175 Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Ben Stille DE 6-4 230 Ashland-Greenwood
Jack Stoll TE 6-5 225 Aurora, Colo. (Regis Jesuit)
Boe Wilson OL 6-2 280 Lee's Summit, Mo. (West)
Derrion Grim WR 5-11 190 Stockton, Calif.
Tre Bryant RB 5-10 198 St. Louis, Mo.
Caleb Lighbourn P/K 6-2 215 Camas, Wash.
Tony Butler DB 6-2 197 Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward)
Pernell Jefferson LB 6-2 236 New Orleans, La. (Warren Easton)
Collin Miller DE 6-3 235 Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeast)
Matt Farniok OT 6-5 320 Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington)
David Engelhaupt TE 6-4 235 Norfolk Catholic
Lamar Jackson CB 6-2 205 Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin)
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