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Noah Vedral is coming home.

The former Bishop Neumann standout is transferring from Central Florida, where he just completed his true freshman year, to Nebraska to continue his football career under Scott Frost and Mario Verduzco.

Vedral announced his intentions Tuesday afternoon on Twitter. 

"To my family at UCF, I will be forever grateful to have been a part of this amazing school, team and season. I love you, my brothers," he wrote. "To my family at Nebraska, I'm coming home." 

The Journal Star confirmed UCF recruiting site Knights247.com's report that Vedral asked for his release but UCF blocked him from transferring to any school in the American Athletic Conference and also NU. 

A source told the Journal Star that UCF restricted Vedral's options because the school does want to set a precedent of allowing players to leave after Frost took the NU job last month. 

However, a school cannot stop a student from walking on to another program, meaning Vedral will have to pay his own way initially. NCAA rules state that a player in Vedral's situation is eligible to receive a scholarship after a year, so NU will have the option of offering him one next winter. 

Not only that, but it appears Vedral is already enrolled. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was listed on UNL's website as a student, though he is not yet on the Husker roster on the team website. 

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder will be subject to normal NCAA transfer rules, which means he will have to sit out the 2018 season. He has not used his redshirt season, though, so he is tracking toward beginning 2019 as a redshirt sophomore.

This fall, Vedral was UCF sophomore McKenzie Milton’s backup. 

"When he decided he was going (to UCF) they sent him a playbook and he started going through it," Vedral's grandfather and Bishop Neumann head coach Tim Turman said. "Noah’s a 4.0 student, so he’s very good that way and he spent a lot of time in it. I went down there for their coaching clinic and I just remember Coach Verduzco saying he had prepared himself very, very well there in a (situation) where he didn’t have any coaches around to tell him the difference between this or that.

"He was very well-prepared mentally in terms of getting started with their sets and plays and things."

As a result, Vedral saw the field in eight games, completing 22 of 29 passes (75.9 percent) for 276 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 18 times for 77 yards (4.3 per carry) and two more scores in mostly mop-up duty.

He originally committed to play for Frost in June 2016, just before his senior season. He finished his prep career at Bishop Neumann with 4,561 passing yards and 42 passing touchdowns to go along with 2,250 rushing yards and 35 more scores.

"He has the speed and the quickness to do the things you want a quarterback in Coach Frost’s system to be able to do, and that’s the reason he went to UCF," Turman said. "He knew Frost’s offense and he was aware of it and he went to a couple camps that Frost put on, and he thought that would be the best chance for him to have success." 

It’s the latest evolution in the Husker quarterback room, which will now have at least two new additions.

While Vedral may have to wait to see the field, his move to NU should have an immediate benefit for Patrick O’Brien, Tristan Gebbia and Adrian Martinez. Vedral has played in Frost’s system since he arrived on UCF’s campus and is much more familiar with it than any other player on the roster. If Vedral is in Lincoln through winter workouts and spring practice, he will be yet another resource to help the other signal-callers shorten the learning curve that comes along with a new playbook and offensive system.

He's also continuing a family tradition of playing college football in Nebraska. His father, Mike, played at NU, as did three of his uncles (Jon and Mark Vedral, and Matt Turman). 

"There’s a lot of quarterback talk that goes on when we have our family reunions and family get-togethers," Tim Turman joked. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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