BYU football: Cougars land transferring Nebraska safety Harvey Jackson
BYU football • Senior will be eligible to play for Cougars immediately.
Published: April 22, 2014 10:06AM
Updated: April 18, 2014 05:34PM

Provo • Another senior who will graduate this summer but still has a year of college football eligibility remaining will transfer to BYU and be immediately eligible to play for the Cougars this fall.

Harvey Jackson, a safety at Nebraska until he got a release to pursue other options from coach Bo Pelini this spring, picked BYU over offers from West Virginia, Western Michigan, Cincinnati, Grand Valley State and Stephen F. Austin.

“We just got better,” BYU defensive coordinator Nick Howell tweeted minutes after news broke Thursday that Jackson was heading to BYU.

Jackson’s commitment comes 10 days after Stanford receiver Keanu Nelson announced he would play his final season at BYU. In February, the Cougars signed former UTEP receiver Jordan Leslie, who also has one year of eligibility remaining.

Jackson, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, is from Fresno, Texas.

He started the 2013 season as a starter for the Cornhuskers, and finished with 33 tackles, 20 of them solo stops. However, his role lessened with each passing game, and he did not play in Nebraska’s final three games after starting its first three.

Jackson was rated as the 27th-best safety in the country out of high school and chose Nebraska over offers from Baylor, Arizona State, Missouri, Oklahoma and Utah.

Jackson visited BYU earlier this week and toured the campus and met with Howell and other coaches.

Only one of BYU’s starting safeties from 2013, Craig Bills, is returning to the team in 2014 because all-independent safety Daniel Sorensen graduated and could potentially be selected in May’s NFL Draft. Jackson will likely compete with converted cornerback Rob Daniel, Notre Dame transfer Chris Badger and sophomore Kai Nacua for the starting spot opposite Bills.

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