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Heralded younger Gabbert brother commits to Nebraska

6/5/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

How about a little competition among the Gabbert brothers in the Big 12 North in the next few years?

Tyler Gabbert told the Lincoln Journal Star he wants to play for Nebraska, committing to the Cornhuskers after a visit that concluded on Thursday.

His older brother, Blaine, is the No. 1 quarterback at Missouri.

"It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," Gabbert told the Journal Star. "I had Nebraska at the top before the visit, so this was almost a reassurance thing. I'm just glad everything worked out the way it did."

Interestingly, his older brother once committed to the Cornhuskers when Bill Callahan was still coaching there. He de-committed after Callahan was fired after the 2007 season with a 5-7 record.

His younger brother asked his brother for input before deciding to come to Nebraska.

"Sometimes I would bounce stuff off of him, but he wanted what was best for me," Tyler Gabbert said. "If I was going to do something completely wrong, he'd say something. If I wanted to talk to him I could, but he left it up to me."

Tyler Gabbert isn't as big as his older brother at 6-foot and 190 pounds, but is still a heralded recruit. He threw for 18 touchdowns and 1,850 yards as a junior last season at Ballwin (Mo.) Parkway West.

But he is significantly smaller than his older brother, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds.

"We're a lot different," Tyler said. "He says it all the time, too. We're both pretty competitive, that's one similar thing we have. ... But in our games, he's taller than me. I guess people get caught up in size too much. You see a lot of short guys doing big things."

The announcement by Gabbert sets up an intriguing battle for playing time next season. Zac Lee has apparently earned the No. 1 job heading into summer practice after strong work in spring practice.

But he'll be joined b converted linebacker LaTravis Washington, heralded incoming freshman Cody Green, Kody Spano, walk-on Ron Kellogg Jr. and perhaps Taylor Martinez.

It will make for some interesting competition for Nebraska coordinator Shawn Watson to sort through over the next several years.

And here's a guess, but an educated one. I'd be very surprised to see all those quarterbacks are on Nebraska's roster this time two years from now.