Reese Mooney, QB 2023 Has the Full Attention of Nebraska Staff As Spring Visit Approaches | national
The last time Reese Mooney visited Memorial Stadium, he watched Nebraska overthrow Wisconsin as the East Stadium construction project progressed.
Nine years later, he’ll be admiring the sights and sounds of the May 1 red-white spring game with slightly different intentions. Namely, starting the process of determining if Stadium Drive is a place where he could be spending his college days.
The 2023 quarterback from Denham Springs, Louisiana still has half of his high school football ahead of him, but his college recruiting has already warmed considerably.
Mooney received an offer from Nebraska in April 2020 and much more recently gave up his verbal commitment to play baseball at the University of Houston. He did it because he is being courted by schools, including NU, to play both sports and didn’t want to talk to other baseball coaching teams without UH knowing where he was.
In football terms, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound player chats with NU coach Scott Frost or quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco all the time.
“It’s like a father-son relationship, they treat me like their own sons and I talk to them every day,” Mooney told The Journal Star this week. “If I ever want to talk to someone or something, I can always talk to one of them.”
Mooney, as it turns out, had a substantial connection to the Husker program even before Frost, Verduzco, and his company began to recruit him: his father, Teddy, is a die-hard fan. Teddy told the Journal Star on his way home from a baseball game on Wednesday night that his father was also a longtime Husker fan. He grew up around Hattiesburg, Mississippi, makes Lincoln a game every year in person, and hasn’t missed one on television for 26 years.
“I don’t think I’ve missed a piece in 20 years, not a single piece,” Dad said, updating the metric from the last time he spoke to the Journal Star, outside Memorial Stadium in 2012. .
Reese added, “If we’re going to a baseball tournament or something, he’s not looking at me, he’s watching the Cornhuskers play.”
The Nebraska coaching staff kept a close eye on Mooney, and they made it clear that he was the guy they wanted in the 2023 class. Neither Rivals nor 247Sports cite NU as having offered other quarterbacks in more from Miami Northwestern’s Taron Dicken. It was February 2020, and there has been no recent indication of intense activity between the parties.
Of course, the pandemic has slowed 2023 player ratings overall, and the 2023 cycle is starting to take shape in many ways, but Verduzco and Nebraska offered a dozen or more quarterbacks each year between 2019 and 2022. , so the approach early in 2023 is certainly remarkable.
Even so, the Huskers will have a lot of competition.
Mooney also plans to travel this spring to visit Georgia, the state of Florida, Miami, Illinois and potentially USC, and plans to narrow the list of schools he is considering at the end of the summer.
First, a trip back to Nebraska for the first time in nine years.
Oh, and by the way, he’s taking some friends with him to the spring game next weekend. One of them is five-star wide receiver Shelton Samson Jr. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), a 6-4 wide receiver who is at this point considered No. 19 overall nationally in the 2023 class. by Rivals and the 24th overall. perspective by the 247Sports Composite.
Mooney also makes the trip with Ryder Wygant, a 2023 baseball rookie.
The group will be part of a large contingent of rookies heading to campus for the scrimmage, although the NCAA recruiting window remains in place until June 1. This means that they cannot meet the coaches or spend time around the facilities. Mooney, however, thinks the trip will be worth it anyway.
“The last time I was in Lincoln they were just starting to build the (east) side a bit,” he said. “Glad to see what it’s like now and to see Nebraska again and maybe take a little tour of campus.”
Meet the 2021 Nebraska Football Scouting Class