DeVante Wilson noticed right away - about the time he sat down on the airplane - that his official visit to Nebraska would be pretty serious.
Almost everyone around him was wearing Huskers' gear and just like him they were headed to Lincoln to watch the Nebraska-Texas game.
Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound weak-side defensive end from Corona, Calif., took an official visit to Nebraska this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the experience. The Huskers will stick around in his recruitment as he tries to figure out which situation is best for him.
At this point, USC, Arizona and Nebraska are the front runners. He has visited the last two and has preliminary plans to take an official trip to see the Trojans play Notre Dame on Nov. 27. He has already been to USC on unofficial trips. Probably soon after his USC official visit, Wilson could be prepared to make his commitment.
"It was a good experience," Wilson said of his Nebraska trip. "The atmosphere on game day is the best I've ever been to. The fans are really into it out there and it was pretty crazy.
"I was kind of expecting it because a lot of people were telling me that's how they are out there with Nebraska football. I could tell. On the plane everybody was decked out in Nebraska gear on my way up there."
His talks with the Nebraska coaching staff went well, too. Wilson said they told him he's the No. 1 defensive end on their board so that meant a lot to the three-star prospect who's rated No. 18 at weak-side defensive end and No. 39 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.
But Wilson is not prepared to commit anyplace just yet. He loved his Arizona and Nebraska trips but he still plans to take an official visit to USC, which offered him earlier this month.
Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, New Mexico, San Jose State, Utah, Washington and Washington State have also offered but the three aforementioned programs are the front runners for Wilson's services.
"(The Nebraska coaches) were telling me what they expect from their players and that I have a good chance of going up there and playing early after they saw me on film," Wilson said. "They really want me and they said I'm the No. 1 defensive end on their board.
"Right now, Nebraska is going to stick around, they're going to be around until I make a decision. I liked it a lot out there. I liked Arizona a lot when I went out there. We'll see after my SC visit."