On Dec. 1, not two months ago, Dylan Jordan didn’t have much in the way of a recruiting profile.

The outside linebacker from Pittsburg, Kansas, had offers from some FCS schools such as Western Illinois and Missouri State, but not much else.

Then in mid-December Utah State offered. Two weeks later, one day after Christmas, Nebraska followed suit.

Life’s been pretty much a whirlwind since then.

“It’s been hectic and it’s really hard because as a kid you grow up and you’re imagining what it would be like to (get recruited) by all these teams and now it’s so overwhelming,” said Jordan, who’s picked up offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Utah, TCU and Auburn as well. “Right before (the Nebraska offer), I had Utah State and I was waiting for a K-State offer, but I didn’t see a lot more coming besides that. It just blew up.”

As it turns out, there are a ton of teams interested in the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder — Nebraska squarely among them — with pass-rush talent in a much smaller pool following the December signing period. That’s good news for Jordan, whose senior highlight tape shows the kind of speed and athleticism that makes one wonder why he wasn’t more coveted until this stage of the game.

Jordan visited Utah, then TCU and chatted with the Journal Star during the five-plus hour drive from Pittsburg to Lincoln, where he’ll be taking an official visit this weekend.

Then, he’s shutting down his recruitment Monday night. There had been reports of perhaps another visit next weekend, but Jordan says this is it. Decision time follows soon after he leaves Lincoln.

“I’m looking for somewhere that has good culture and has that good family feel,” Jordan said.

He’ll be the only official visitor in town this weekend, so he will have the coaching staff’s full attention.

If all the new offers weren’t impressive enough, the recruiting service 247Sports recently bumped him to four-star status, pegging him as the No. 192 overall player in the country for the 2019 cycle.

“I think the relationship with Nebraska is stronger than most,” Jordan said. “If there’s any other team … close to Nebraska, it’s TCU. The relationship with Nebraska and TCU are probably the strongest just because of how close they are with the family and everything else.”

Nebraska has four scholarships left to work with, but will likely take a maximum of three players in the next 10 days. That will leave a scholarship available for NU to use on a potential transfer between the end of spring ball and the beginning of the regular season.

Could the Huskers double-dip on pass-rushers? It’s a possibility, given some staff members visited South Oak Cliff High in Dallas again Friday, home of four-star Steven Parker. Parker visited Lincoln official on Jan. 11.

Meanwhile, the Huskers sent three coaches to see wide receiver De’Mariyon Houston in Oklahoma City on Thursday evening and also have been in contact with others such as juco outside linebacker Soni Fonua (Mesa C.C. in Arizona), defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Mao (Chandler, Arizona), running back John Bivens (Dayton, Ohio), and cornerbacks Jamel Starks (Decatur, Georgia) and Tavian Mayo (Leesburg, Georgia).

All have visited Nebraska and all remained uncommitted as of Friday afternoon.

Njoku commits to UCLA: One player who will not be coming to Nebraska is heralded wide receiver prospect Charles Njoku (Wayne, New Jersey). The Wayne Hills High standout gave his verbal commitment to UCLA on Friday evening, choosing the Bruins over the Huskers.

Nebraska first offered in December and looked like a real possibility for most of January, particularly after he visited on Jan. 11. 

But he visited UCLA the following weekend and got an offer while he was on campus.

The writing appeared on the wall Thursday. UCLA coach Chip Kelly visited Njoku on the East Coast and the Huskers visited Houston that evening in Oklahoma City. 

Njoku, listed at 6-5 and 200 pounds, originally committed to Missouri in November but came into the picture for NU after a senior season that saw him finish with 1,106 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns in 13 games. 

That makes Houston the most likely remaining candidate among pass-catchers for the Huskers. 

Overall, the Huskers still have several options to fill a small number of spots. One of the most interesting is on campus for the weekend.

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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