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Helms, Jackson Offered by Oklahoma


Two tweets less than two hours apart raised eyebrows of those that follow recruiting in Nebraska.

Kaden Helms, a 6-foot-5 220-pound, 2022 Bellevue West tight end, tweeted an offer from Oklahoma at 11:37 a.m. on Monday. Almost two hours later, at 1:16 p.m., 2022 Omaha Burke linebacker Devon Jackson tweeted that he also received an offer from OU.

“It was pretty exciting. They win the Big 12 championship every year. OU is usually a highly talked about and touted school,” Helms said. “They haven’t offered a Nebraska kids since 2015 and that was cool to share that experience.”

In seven games, Helms had 25 receptions for 322 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.

Of the 18 power conference offers Helms has, he list’s Nebraska, Arizona, State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Michigan, and TCU as the schools he is in contact with the most.

“Oklahoma said they would be in frequent contact going forward,” Helms said.

Jackson, a 6-2, 200-pound linebacker, received his first power conference offer from Illinois on Oct. 17, 2019. Even though he didn’t play a fall season last year due to Omaha Public Schools cancelling their season he has racked up 13 more including Oklahoma.

He lists Arizona State, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Michigan State as the schools that are in regular contact.

“It means a lot,” Jackson said of the offer from OU. “He (OU inside linebackers coach Brian Odom) told me that at a linebacker he doesn’t hand out offers based on stars or if someone from their conference offers a kid. Year in and year out they do stuff that is successful. Being from Nebraska it means a lot cause not many people can say they get an offer from Oklahoma.”

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