After camping with Nebraska during one of the Huskers’ Friday Night Lights sessions and having a strong junior season, Colorado prep Jon Van Diest received a Nebraska offer last week.
The Huskers joined in-state Colorado, Colorado State and Washington State to offer the 2017 OLB/DE – more offers will likely follow.
“I know they have a really good winning culture and tradition down in Lincoln,” said Van Diest. “I haven’t been to Lincoln for a game, but I’m going to try to go to the spring game soon. It’s an insane football tradition down there I have heard.”
Nebraska has always been active in Colorado, a part of the Huskers’ 500-mile radius. In the last two classes, Nebraska has landed two four-star prospects, another Semper Fi All-American and a highly coveted tight end.
“I know with Eric Lee and Avery Anderson, it felt like a one time thing,” said Van Diest. “Then they got Jack Stoll and JoJo (Domann) and I feel like that is what’s going to happen in Colorado from now on.”
Van Diest currently is 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds. An eventual four-year starter at Cherry Creek high school, Van Diest has recorded 21.5 sacks over the last two years with his hand in the dirt. But, the Huskers like him as a linebacker.
“I thought my recruitment would take off, but it has just happened earlier than I expected,” said Van Diest, who broke his arm late in the season. “I’m trying to be humble about it. I thought it might happen after my whole career. It’s a really cool feeling and I’m just taking it all in.
“I’m not really thinking about the school I’m going to go to yet, I’m just really focused on working, training and recovery my arm. I have a chance to play in college, so I’m feeling pretty good right now.”
Van Diest describes his game as a solid pass rusher, with a good motor and never takes plays off.
At the moment, schools like Indiana, Duke and Vandy are also in contact.