Class of 2013

Johnny Stanton

HometownRancho Santa Margarita, CA
High schoolSanta Margarita Catholic

Nebraska picked up its quarterback commitment of the 2013 class when Johnny Stanton gave his oral commitment to the Huskers. He confirmed his commitment on July 9.

Stanton gives Nebraska a dual-threat quarterback who quickly became the No. 1 target on Nebraska's quarterback board.

The four-star recruit from Santa Margarita Catholic is ranked as the nation's No. 8 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports, and Stanton impressed enough ESPN analysts to win one of the Elite 11 spots in ESPN and Nike's quarterback camp. He is also apart of the ESPN300 as the 248th best player in the nation.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback made stops at Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, and UCLA to work out in early June. Following a family trip to Italy, Stanton came back to Nebraska for a second time to get the full visit experience.

During his senior season, Stanton tore his ACL. He was five games into the season and had Santa Margarita at No. 1. With Stanton in the lineup, the Eagles were 5-0. Without him, they went 4-3. Before his injury, he was able to play in front of numerous Husker fans who had made the trip to Pasadena, Calif., to watch Nebraska take on UCLA the following day.

“He's not a polished passer,” said national analyst Mike Farrell. “ (Stanton) make the most beautiful throw you've ever seen on one play, and on the next he'll push the ball."

Farrell added that Stanton is a tough runner, a good decision-maker and a “great stylistic fit for Nebraska.”

According to, the quarterback is nicknamed Johnny "Tebow" by his classmates and is accurate on short and intermediate throws. They also classify him as a fullback-like runner that can move linebackers backward.

“There is a reason they call him ‘Johnny Tebow,’” Former NFL quarterback and Elite 11 coach Trent Dilfer said on ESPN.

Our take: Stanton’s a take-charge tough-guy leader, prompting the “Johnny Tebow” comparison. Stanton also runs over and through tacklers the way Tebow did at Florida. Though his throwing motion has a bit of a hitch, he impressed NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck over the summer with his passing skills. He knows the game of football well. If his knee is fully healthy by fall camp, Stanton stands a chance of challenging Tommy Armstrong for the backup role to Taylor Martinez.

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Q&A: Johnny Stanton on Signing Day

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Photo Credit: Matt Miller/The World-Herald

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