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Husker 2021 QB target Costelli impressed by NU, Verduzco on first visit to campus

Husker 2021 QB target Costelli impressed by NU, Verduzco on first visit to campus


Peter Costelli has been on a whirlwind tour. 

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Class of 2021 quarterback prospect spent Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on an unofficial visit to LSU, then Friday in Lincoln visiting Nebraska for the first time. Then he was on Utah's campus Saturday for another camp before finally arriving back home in Southern California on Sunday. 

Such is life when you're a highly recruited quarterback. 

The Mission Viejo signal-caller, though, did not have any kind of whirlwind tour set up or reason to bounce all over the country in a week before Husker quarterback coach Mario Verduzco and head coach Scott Frost offered him a scholarship last month. 

It was Costelli's first, but more soon flooded in. The Tigers and Utes along with Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Colorado, Cal, Boston College, Duke and others. 

"They pretty much opened the floodgates," Costelli said.

On his first trip to Lincoln, Costelli came away impressed. 

"The campus was great and everything was really nice. The facilities and the campus, too," Costelli said. "(Verduzco) is great. He's energetic and he really knows what he's talking about. He's a really great guy." 

It's clear why the Huskers like Costelli, too. The dual-threat played his first two years at Rancho Santa Margarita High and showed promise both as a passer and as a runner, totaling 2,292 passing yards (54% completions) and 20 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. 

Then he ran track for the first time this spring and logged a 10.82 seconds in the 100 meters. 

"My speed has helped me a lot in football," Costelli said. "I'm a guy that can be in the pocket, but if I need to, I can escape the pocket and take off and run." 

In each of NU's first two recruiting cycles under the current coaching staff, Verduzco has worked ahead. First Luke McCaffrey jumped on board early, then 2020 prospect Logan Smothers (Muscle Shoals, Alabama) pulled the trigger last summer. 

Costelli was on campus at the same time as another offered 2021 quarterback in Santino Marucci (Jupiter, Florida). Another prospect, Dematrius Davis (Houston) was on campus earlier this spring. 

Costelli, though, has a lot of new options and plenty to work through, so he's taking his time trying to plot his next moves. Now that a dead period has arrived for college football, the touring is over. For now, at least. 

"I'm just keeping it open and really focusing on getting ready for my season," he said. 

Contact the writer at 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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