Friday Night Lights, 6/22

Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco (left) watches players warm up with Huskers commit Luke McCaffrey on June 22 during Friday Night Lights at Memorial Stadium.

Mario Verduzco can get a point across rather quickly. 

In about 80 seconds of discussing his latest quarterback, 2019 signee Luke McCaffrey (Littleton, Colorado), in a Wednesday morning video from the university, Verduzco lit up when he rattled off McCaffrey's career 27-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio at Valor Christian High. 

Verduzco spoke highly of McCaffrey's role in leading Valor Christian to an undefeated season and a state championship. 

The veteran quarterbacks coach also had a rather emphatic statement about where McCaffrey, the youngest son of Lisa and Ed in a family full of heralded athletes, will spend his career in Lincoln. 

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"We’re fired up and really excited about Luke playing quarterback for us here," Verduzco said. "I know there’s been some chatter about him playing other positions. Luke’s going to play quarterback for us and he’s going to be a damn good one."

Later in the afternoon, Frost had similarly high praise for the 6-foot-2, 185-pound signal-caller. The Huskers offered McCaffrey early in the spring, hosted him on a visit in April and then received his verbal commitment in early June. 

“Mario  takes pride in recruiting quarterbacks just like he takes pride in coaching quarterbacks," Frost said. "Since I’ve been with Mario we’ve had one of the best quarterbacks in the country every year I’ve been with him. The way he goes about it is very meticulous. I think we had a group of three or four kids that we thought fit us and were the right type of kids.

"As we got to know Luke, we started leaning in that direction. He called and wanted to commit, and we were excited about it. Love his athletic ability, love his mentality and he throws it really well too. I think that improved this year, and he’s going to have a chance to get in here early as an early enrollee and get involved with spring ball so we can’t wait to have him.”

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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