A little overlooked?

It was a season that didn't end the way that Jack Saxton wanted it to. Omaha (Nebr.) Burke was in the playoffs and getting ready to play against Kearney he suffers a knee injury that ends his season. It might be better to have it at the end of the year than at the beginning, but it might have left Saxton off a few recruiting radars as well. Saxton is deserved of recruiting attention.

At 6-foot-1 and 210-pounds, Jack Saxton has that size that you look for in a linebacker. Last year for Omaha (Nebr.) Burke, Saxton played inside linebacker and some tight end on offense.

"I played inside linebacker and a little bit of tight end," Saxton said. "Colleges are talking to me about playing linebacker, mostly inside, but I could play either."

The fact of the matter is, Saxton can play the linebacker position very well. Last season he almost had triple-digit tackle totals and would have gotten there had he not been injured. Saxton also picked up numerous honors.

"Last year I had 99 total tackles (68 assisted and 31 unassisted), 12 tackles for loss and one interception. I was first team all-district, honorable mention all-metro, honorable mention all-super state Lincoln Journal-Star and honorable mention all-state Omaha World-Herald. I was also academic all-conference."

There is no denying it, Saxton wants to play linebacker at the next level. While he could play both inside and outside his preference is to inside. Overall, he just has that want that you like in all your linebackers. The wants to hit people.

"I'm a linebacker. I like playing inside linebacker. I like to hit. I used to play running back in the day and since getting to high school I have been a linebacker. I just like to hit."

Saxton is getting recruiting attention from a lot of schools, but there is definitely one school that stands out the most out of the schools sending him mail.

"Really, it's pretty much just Nebraska. I haven't been around much to get in contact with a lot of other schools. There are some others talking to me, but the most letters that I get are from Lincoln."

The fact that Nebraska is the school sending the most mail is fine with Saxton. He was born and raised in Nebraska and is a big fan of the new coach in Lincoln.

"I am born and raised in Nebraska. I have been a Husker fan since I was born. I was pretty glad to see them bring in Bo Pelini. I am a defensive guy myself and I like the way that Pelini coaches. He's a good guy. I think that he will bring success with him to Lincoln."

The Nebraska camp was something that Saxton was planning on hitting this summer. That was before all of his plans were altered in the foreseeable future because of a knee injury.

"I was planning on going to the Nebraska camp, but I actually just came off of knee surgery. I am laying low for the moment. Hopefully I can come back a little later in the summer and get a couple of camps in.

"I tore my ACL, my MCL and chipped part of the bone. I did it the week before the playoff game versus Kearney. I did it in practice. Next week I think that Alex Hook (QB, Creighton Prep) tore his and the next week Nick Failla (ATH, Millard North) tore his. I kind of started the trend."

Saxton is getting close to being fully recovered from knee surgery. Right now, he estimates his recovery at about 85%. No need to push it yet being only a month or so away from being totally healed.

"I am about 85% recovered right now. If I get it warmed up I can move around pretty well. It will only get better with time. I spoke to the doctor today and I am about ready to go. Only about four to five more weeks."

While the summer camp in Lincoln is in the air for Saxton the spring game is not. "I already RSVP'd back to Nebraska about the tickets. I am planning on going to the spring game."

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