Bama flips top junior college offensive lineman from UCLA
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]labama first-year offensive line coach Mario Cristobal has been chasing a junior college offensive lineman, but for a while it looked like UCLA might keep him from his prize.
But earlier this week, Cristobal got his man when Jackson flipped his commitment from UCLA to Bama. He originally committed to the Bruins on June 5.
The 6-6, 310-pound Jackson plays right tackle for the College of San Mateo (Calif.), but could project at guard if needed. His teammates nicknamed him “Warmack” after former Tide road grader and first-round draftee Chance Warmack.
While he’s not as highly regarded as Eluemunor, the Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College product who is generally considered the nation’s No. 1 JUCO prospect overall, Jackson isn’t far behind. He also held offers held offers from major programs such as USC, Florida, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Oregon.
Jackson is expected to graduate in December and be a mid-year enrollee.
Originally from Homestead High in Sunnyvale, Calif., Jackson is Alabama’s 14th verbal commitment for 2014 and the third offensive lineman. He joins high school guard/center Viane Talamaivao and center J.C. Hassenauer.
Photo credit: College of San Mateo