In a Twitter post announcing his commitment, Gebbia called Nebraska "the best place for me to grow as a man and a football player." The highly regarded prospect said he was "excited" and that "a lot of hard work is ahead."
Gebbia was back on the Nebraska campus March 29-30 after visiting about three weeks earlier. The last visit sealed the deal, and the Huskers were able to land their top quarterback target in the 2017 class.
Also on that visit was Keyshawn Johnson Jr., his high school teammate and the last recruit to commit to NU before him. Gebbia’s commitment means the Huskers have nearly swept all their targets from Calabasas High School in California. NU signed Marquel Dismuke in the 2016 class and landed a commitment from Johnson Jr. on March 23. Five-star corner Darnay Holmes, also a Calabasas teammate, is another high-profile target for 2017, as is 2018 cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles.
Gebbia chose the Huskers out of a final five that included Ole Miss, Washington, Washington State and West Virginia. The biggest competition was believed to be Ole Miss, where his father played, but NU was able to win the battle against the SEC.
"They're both great brands of football," Gebbia said on "The Bottom Line." "To me, there was really no difference in where I would go. It just came down to where I wanted to play. I felt like Nebraska is the place where I wanted to suit up and put on that white helmet with the red N and go out there and give my all."
Gebbia visited both NU and Ole Miss in the final week before he committed.
"Both of those two parties, Keyshawn and my parents, were both very supportive of me in any decision I wanted to make," Gebbia said. "They didn't pressure me into any decision either way. My parents were very instrumental in making sure where I wanted to go was where I wanted to go."
Gebbia — at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds — ranks as one of the nation’s top pro-style quarterbacks in the country.
Gebbia said he has some areas he wants to improve on heading into his senior season at Calabasas. "Just getting better in the film room, understanding what the defenses are throwing at me when I'm on the field. Being more accurate with the football and have better decision-making."
Gebbia threw 45 touchdowns and for more than 4,400 yards as a junior in 2015.
“You can tell he’s been coached at a very high level for a high school quarterback,” said former Husker Joe Ganz during an evaluation of Gebbia.
“We talk about accuracy, but where to put the football in certain situations is something that’s overlooked, and he seems to get it at a young age.”
His role now shifts to recruiting others to join him. He and Johnson Jr. have been very active attracting other top recruits to show interest in Nebraska. When Gebbia took his official visit for the season opener Sept. 3, he had another great opportunity to help recruit with several top targets on campus. He recapped the visit during an interview on "The Bottom Line."
Gebbia also attended the Illinois game on Oct. 1.
On Dec. 4, Mike Riley, Danny Langsdorf and Keith Williams made an in-home visit with Gebbia and Keyshawn Johnson Jr..
Gebbia's commitment makes two consecutive classes that will feature a prized passer from California. The Huskers signed Patrick O’Brien in the 2016 class, who was also a four-star prospect and one of the top quarterbacks in the state. O’Brien enrolled early and practiced with the Huskers during the spring.
Here is Gebbia's Twitter post announcing his commitment:
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