After narrowing his list down to two schools – Troy and Louisville – Jessen verbally committed to the Cardinals over the weekend and plans to sign with UofL on Wednesday.
"I committed this morning to Coach Kragthorpe and I'm looking forward to helping out the defense next season," Jessen told InsideTheVille.com. "I'm going to give it my best."
Jessen was the third-leading tackler for one of the top JUCO defenses in the nation, recording 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).
Jessen, who graduates from Butler CC this month, will enroll at UofL in January and participate in spring practice with the Cardinals. He'll compete for time at defensive tackle and could be an ideal replacement for Willie Williams.
"He's physical – has great technique," Butler CC coach Aaron 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."