PART I - Are They Still A Package Deal?

Phillip Mbakogu and Robert Jordan's "pact" might be breaking as signing day nears. At the same time, K-State's recruiting effort in California heats up with in-home visits to both this week.

Defensive end Phillip Mbakogu, one of Kansas State's most prized targets, will make a decision next week as the Wildcats' recruiting push invades California and gets into full swing. However, the same goes for wide receiver Robert Jordan, Mbakogu's high school teammate.

K-State head coach Bill Snyder is on the trail and it might be starting to pay off in the Sunshine state, first with the commitment of Isaiah Cook, and then with in-home visits with both Mbakogu and Jordan.

Mbakogu, at this point, is atop the Wildcats' wish list, but landing this 6-foot-2 260 pound force might become more difficult than first expected. If Mbakogu's "pact" with Jordan holds true, they'll be giving their verbal to the same program. However, Jordan, a two-star talent and brother of K-State's Randy Jordan, said this week that he's a lean towards California because it's close to home.

"It's going to happen," Jordan said Monday. "I play for him and he plays for me. That's how it's always been. We're going to talk later this week."

But Mbakogu might be changing his tune with signing day just a little under two weeks away.

"In the long run we have to do what's best for us, individually," he said just after his visit with Snyder. "It has to be a good situation for both of us, and we both have to be comfortable there. Hopefully our paths meet. We'll just have to wait and see what happens."

The list of finalists for Mbakogu reads like a who's who among college football these days, and he said it's still wide-open. In addition to K-State, Mbakogu also likes LSU, Notre Dame, California, and Oregon, all of which have offered. Oregon's defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti made an in-home visit Monday.

But are the Wildcats making strides with Mbakogu?

"K-State really has a great program there," said Mbakogu, who had 70 tackles and seven sacks this season. "They've shown that it wasn't any fluke either. They've been one of top programs out there now for many years. Coach Snyder knows what's going on, that's for sure. He's been able to hold things together and produce a great team every year. That means something."

However, Mbakogu just returned from his final visit, at LSU, not two weeks after winning a share of the national title.

"It's big time there," he said. "They have excellent athletes and a great program. Coach Saban is a football genius. He doesn't say a lot, but he doesn't have to. The program and the national title say enough."


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