Omaha Burke junior Devon Jackson trimmed his list to five schools on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker prospect announced a top five of Arizona State, Miami, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, Home state Nebraska, regional schools Iowa, Minnesota and Kansas State were among the 10 others that had offered, but did not make the cut.
Jackson is rated as the No. 2 in-state prospect and No. 137 nationally according to the 247Sports composite, a ranking which combines 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals national rankings.
His relationship with Arizona State defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce and the NFL ties were factors in the Sun Devils making the cut.
“They were my sixth offer and have recruited me for a long time,” Jackson said of ASU. “They have stayed in contact with me during the pandemic. I really like the coach (Pierce) and he’s played in the league and they have a lot of NFL experience on the staff. They have been there and done that. Coach Pierce has won a Super Bowl.”
Miami was one of the more recent offers for Jackson.
“They recently offered but I like the program,” he said. “They aren’t where they want to be right now and it’s Miami. What’s not to like about it? The offensive line coach (Garin Justice) said they are building it right.”
Jackson also likes the trajectory of the A&M program. His relationship with Aggie linebackers coach Tyler Santucci is a strong one.
“I feel like they are a program that is trending up,” Jackson said of A&M. “They just missed the playoff last year and they are not done yet.”
Notre Dame is one of the schools that have been recruiting Jackson the longest. Former Burke teammate Xavier Watts, a freshman receiver for the Irish, has also done some peer recruiting.
“They have been recruiting me for a while and obviously Xavier is there and him and I have a great relationship,” he said. “He wants to be my teammate again. What is there not to like about Notre Dame? I know I would have a great future after football with that degree.”
The Sooners are in Jackson’s top five primarily due to the program’s success.
“They win the Big 12 every year and are always in the conversation for the National Championship,” Jackson said. “They haven’t recruited the area forever and that makes me feel special.”