A pair of firsts were accomplished by Montgomery (Ala.) Jefferson Davis three-star defensive end Alec Jackson on Friday. He was able to get his initial prospect visit with the Alabama Crimson Tide in and he picked up his first in-state SEC offer just hours later.
"Man!" he said with a laugh Friday night. "I still can't believe it."
The scholarship news came from the UA staff after it wrapped up practice.
"After practice was over I met all the coaches, including Nick Saban, they wanted me to stick around for a little bit," Jackson said. "So right then I kind of knew and at the same time I didn't. So I head up to coach (Derrick) Ansley, the DB coach, we talked to him for a little bit. Then they called me to (defensive line) coach (Bo) Davis office. He said they had some god news for me. He said he liked my film and size a lot.
"He said, 'we're going to offer you!' I was lost for words. I still can't believe it happened. Coach Davis said, 'I told you we were going to offer you.' It was crazy."
The offer admittedly made the rising-senior think of his overall recruitment, and while Alabama vaulted up his list, he knew it would draw even more overall interest. Before he would get to his next visit destination, Auburn, the Kentucky Wildcats extended an offer his way.
Looking to hit the visit cycle a bit more going forward, Jackson has a current top three of Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. He isn't close to making a decision despite a good first impression of Tuscaloosa.
"The weight room was huge and beautiful, oh my God," he said. "The indoor facility was great, also.
"At practice, them boys was hitting out there. It made me want to go out there. I watched the D-line and linebackers, I liked number 9 (Da'Shawn Hand), that guy was huge. Actually both number 9's, both of them did well, the running back (Bo Scarbrough), too."