Kareem Jackson Talks Decision

Kareem Jackson, from Fort Union, (Va.), verbally committed to the University of Alabama Monday during a visit in Tuscaloosa. Jackson has officially moved in his dorm and will begin classes Tuesday. Jackson talks of his decison.

"I committed to Alabama today," said Kareem Jackson. "I came up today and took a look at the place. It's a really nice campus. I think coach [Nick] Saban is going to make some things happen, and I want to be a part of it."

"Everything was how I imagined it would be. I didn't see why not to take this situation, so I committed."

"Coach Saban..I met him today. He told me the truth. You have to come in and work hard. Nothing is given to you. I think he is a good coach. He is going to shoot you straight when you talk to him. He made me want to be a part of the program."

"I know Alabama has a strong tradition with the late Bear Bryant. I want to be a part of great things and keep that going."

"Coach Marshall recruited me out of Fort Union. I spent time with him. Coach Smart took me around on my visit. I met some more of the coaches. We kind of did the same stuff you do on an official, and we just crammed it into one day."

The 6-0, 190-pound speedster was a star running back in high school, but played defense at Fort Union where he recorded five interceptions. He will remain in the defensive backfield at Alabama.

"They want me to come in and play cornerback. They also said I could return punts and kick-offs," Jackson said.

Jackson will start classes Tuesday at the University of Alabama and is excited about his decision.

"It feels good now," he said. "It feels real good to be a part of the Alabama family. I am in Tuscaloosa now. I am in my dorm room, and I'll get my schedule tomorrow."

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