"Tyler is still going there to visit," said Butler CC coach Aaron Flores said. "I know he's still supposed to be going there on a visit."
Jessen visited Troy last weekend, and according to Flores, Troy and Louisville appear the two teams in the running for the talented defensive lineman's services.
"I know he's very interested in Louisville," Flores said. "He's probably got it narrowed down to Troy and Louisville at this point."
Flores could not say with certainty that Jessen, who will graduate from Butler CC this month, has an offer from Louisville but reasoned: "I can't imagine them tripping him just to be tripping him."
Former UofL defensive coordinator Mike Cassity handled Jessen's early recruitment for Louisville. Recently, though, UofL defensive line coach Mark Nelson has taken over for Cassity in Jessen's recruitment. "I think (Mark) Nelson has called (Jessen) since the coaching change," Flores said.
Jessen was the third-leading tackler for one of the top JUCO defenses in the nation. Jessen recorded 88 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and three sacks to help the Butler defense limit opponents to 9.1 points per game. Butler allowed only 204.3 total yards a game and ranked fifth nationally against the run (67.4 yds/game).
"He's physical – has great technique," Flores said. "He's a tough sucker, too. He plays hurt, injured. It doesn't matter he's going to play. He wants to get out there and go. I think he can make an immediate impact. He was the main part of our defensive line this year. He's tough and he has a good work ethic. He just comes to work every day."