It's almost unfair just how big of a draw Alabama is on the recruiting trail. Even one of the hottest programs out there, UCLA, cannot fend off the Crimson Tide. Dominick Jackson, 4-star JUCO offensive tackle, via 247Sports, has reportedly flipped from UCLA to Alabama.
Jackson is an elite JUCO lineman, and at least until now, he appeared to be one of the biggest commitments for Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins. He committed to UCLA on June 5, according to 247Sports.
That commitment has reportedly been broken though, in favor of the defending national champions, according to Matt Scalici of AL.com, who cites BamaOnline:
Junior college offensive tackle Dominick Jackson, a 6-foot-7, 304-pound prospect out of California's College of San Mateo, changed his commitment to the Tide on Tuesday after previously being committed to UCLA since June 5.
“The SEC is where you want to play D-1 ball," Jackson told BamaOnline. "If you can compete there, you can play at the next level for sure. It’s where everyone wants to be. They’ve been the national champions for two consecutive years and they have Coach Nick Saban."
Jackson is a huge recruit for Saban and his staff to land, and he's an equally as important recruit for Mora and the Bruins to lose. He projected to be a star tackle at UCLA, who could have really helped the Bruins take the next step and win the Pac-12.
For Alabama, that potential is still there. He'll just be joining a plethora of other talented linemen.
He has tremendous size at 6'7'', 304 pounds.
Including his commitment, the Crimson Tide now boast 14 recruits in their 2014 class. Jackson joins 4-star guard Viane Talamaivao and 3-star center JC Hassenauer, via 247Sports, in what is quickly becoming a solid offensive lineman group. Keep in mind, this is a cycle after Alabama landed a multitude of talented running backs and offensive linemen.
If you're expecting Alabama to eventually slow down, take another look at the depth chart and think again.
The Crimson Tide will keep rolling. Jackson projects to be a big reason why.
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