“I am still interested in [Nebraska],” Duggan said. “I have stayed in contact with a couple coaches and a recruiting coordinator. They have kept me updated with everything that is going on. I am like everyone else and waiting to see what happens.”
Duggan has been to Lincoln several times since the Huskers offered him in June. His first unofficial visit to Nebraska came on June 17. Less than a week later, he attended the school’s Friday Night Lights camp.
Each time he’s been to Nebraska, it’s left a lasting impression.
“The city of Lincoln is crazy with the atmosphere there and the fans,” Duggan said. “Just the tradition of Nebraska, there is something different there.”
In Duggan’s three high school seasons, he has thrown for 3,760 yards, 35 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He can also get it done on the ground, as he’s collected 1,464 yards rushing and 27 scores. This season, Duggan completed 58 percent of his passes in limited action (broken thumb). He tossed 8 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Duggan rushed for 513 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Unfortunately, Duggan broke his fibula during the final game of the season, according to 247Sports’ Alex Halsted. The anticipated recovery time is 3-4 months, but he has been assured by many coaches that the injury will not impact his recruitment. Once Duggan is off crutches, he told Helmholdt, he’s hoping to visit more schools during basketball games.
“I don’t really have a [favorites] list yet, but I have the schools that have stayed in contact with me,” Duggan said. “Schools such as Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Kansas State, those are the schools that have really been in contact with me lately.”
Impact of recruiting QB position following coaching change
While Duggan would fulfill a need in the 2019 class, there currently is no quarterback committed in the 2018 class outside of preferred walk-on commit Bart Harris (Belton, Mo.). The quarterback position will be one to watch when the new staff is in place. Whether the coach is Scott Frost or someone else, it would be hard to see the new coach not picking up a quarterback along the way.
Duggan will be paying attention to see who it is and is excited by the possibilities.
“There’s so many coaches out there right now that could be great hires for the university,” Duggan told Helmholdt. “Whoever it is, I am going to put my time in with them if they want to put the time in with me. I just want to see what relationship I can build with whatever coaching staff they would hire there.”
The interesting part here is that UCF has offered Duggan, so if Frost is indeed the coach, that’s a good place to start in building Duggan’s relationship with the Huskers.
As far as the 2018 class goes, it’s possible Harris could no longer walk on for a coaching staff that did not recruit him. An interesting option for 2018 is Kearney (Neb.) Catholic’s Matt Masker, the top in-state quarterback. We caught up with Masker last week and he was optimistic a new coaching staff would extend an offer.
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