Jackson leaves 'Bama with leader

A late-riser by most recruiting standards, Edddie Jackson picked up about as much steam as possible after concluding his high school career. After a pair of official visits, the race for the two-way standout's services appears to nearly be over.

Eddie Jackson did it all for Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Boyd Anderson late in his career, starting on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and defensive back. Scholarship offers came his way throughout his senior season, but he snagged a pair big-time offers later on.

Since, the 6-foot, 180-pounder has taken follow-up official visits to both Florida State and Alabama after receiving the extensions from each institution.

Jackson called the FSU trip a "great" one earlier in January and he had similar things to say about his time in Tuscaloosa this past weekend.

"It was good. It was great. It was insane," he said shortly after returning home.

Jackson, who is being recruited to 'Bama as a defensive back with the option to play cornerback or safety, was able to join fellow official visitors in taking in the Crimson Tide's national championship parade on Saturday. The thought of a freshman impacting the BCS title game had an impact on the Floridian.

"The parade stood out, the coaches, too," he admitted. "It was a good stance, it makes me think it can be me one day."

As far as what stood out the most, it wasn't the reason there was a parade or even Nick Saban.

"Just the fans," said Jackson. "How everyone came out to support them."

Overall, after Sunday breakfast at Saban's house and a flight home, things went well for the late-riser.

"'Bama is leading right now," he admitted. "Because of the caches, the players and the community.

"I love it."

But when discussing a final decision, the answer didn't come out to quick.

Said Jackson, "I'll let you know..."

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