Jackson announces for Alabama

It came down to bitter SEC West rivals Alabama and LSU, as it does for so many at this stage of the recruiting cycle, but South Florida two-way athlete Eddie Jackson announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide Wednesday morning.

In every recruiting cycle, for virtually every program in the country, there is a player that comes into the mix much later than the rest and ends up signing with a big-time team.

For the 2013 cycle at the University of Alabama, Eddie Jackson was that guy.

After picking up several late offers including LSU and Florida State in addition to UA, he announced his intent to sign with the national champs Monday during a planned commitment via Twitter.

"4 star ATH and 5 star young man Eddie Jackson III will be attending the and playing football for Alabama! #Bama," the Boyd Anderson twitter account posted promptly at 8 a.m. EST.

A two-way standout at Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson High School, Jackson can play either side of the ball at the next level with his combination of size and speed. But at Alabama, he says he will land in the secondary in all likelihood, with the option to play either cornerback or safety entering his freshman season.

As for why the 6-foot, 180-pound three-star chose the Crimson Tide...

"Because of the caches, the players and the community," he admitted after visiting Tuscaloosa earlier this month. "I love it."

Here's a look at the newest member of Alabama's class of 2013 in action.

Jackson is ranked as the No. 48 wide receiver in the class of 2013 on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com.

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