Grant and Spencer Jordan have tried to emulate their older brother on the football field. Now the Jordan twins are following their brother to Nebraska.
“We’ve always looked up to our older brother because of how his hard work and determination has helped him be the best he can be,” Grant Jordan said.
Grant and Spencer, seniors at Omaha Westside, are set Wednesday to sign letters of intent to walk on at Nebraska this fall. Their brother, Harrison, will be a junior fullback for the Huskers. He was a backup to senior Andy Janovich last season.
Grant and Spencer said having their brother in Lincoln, as well as Nebraska’s tradition, helped them decide to go with the Huskers.
“Having our older brother there gave us a pretty good view of how they treat the players and how well they’re treated,” Grant said. “(Nebraska was) always our first option before everyone else.”
Grant said colleges usually recruited the twins together. He said they also had offers, either scholarships or walk-on chances, from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas State and North Dakota State.
They are similar in size — Spencer is 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and recruited as a fullback, while Grant is a linebacker who’s 6-1 1⁄2 and 210 pounds. Spencer had 15 carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns as a senior for an 8-3 Westside team, but he mainly helped pave the way for 1,600-yard feature back Logan Duryee.
“He’s strong and physical,” Westside coach Brett Froendt said. “He’s been a dedicated offseason player and has worked hard to join his brother in Lincoln.”
Spencer said he’s looking forward to learning from Harrison about the fullback position at the collegiate level.
“He said the offensive plays are long, and there’s a lot of them,” Spencer said. “And he said technique is really important, too.”
On the other side of the ball, Grant finished his senior year with 53 tackles, 32 assists and five pass breakups.
“His speed sets him apart, given his size and strength,” Froendt said. “He was great covering a guy man-to-man and physical taking on the fullback/pulling lineman on the perimeter.”
Grant said he and Spencer never seriously thought about playing at different colleges. They have been teammates ever since they began playing youth football, but at Nebraska, they finally get to be teammates with Harrison.
Harrison was a senior at Westside when Grant and Spencer were freshmen, but the twins weren’t on varsity that season. Now the Jordans will be on the same team, even if they play at different positions.
“(Harrison and Spencer) will try to beat up on me since I’ll be on the other side of the ball,” Grant said.
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