It was thought that Iowa would land their 25th and final member of the 2016 recruiting class today but as recruiting goes, it won't be happening any longer. Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance offensive tackle Alaric Jackson has postponed his college decison that was set to take place at 2:30 p.m. CST today and will now make his choice on National Signing Day.
"Due to some difficulties going on in this process of recruiting, I will be postponing my commitment to February 3rd, 2016 on Signing Day," he stated on his twitter account.
Jackson had trimmed his final choices to Iowa, Iowa State, and Nebraska following his official visits to Iowa City and Ames two weekends ago. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones both impressed the Detroit native. The trips were followed by Jackson canceling his last trip to Lincoln, a scheduled visit he had set to see Nebraska.
It is not clearly known what has caused the sudden cancellation of today's announcement but Jackson is obviously struggling to land one school.
Michigan State was at one time a stout competitor for his services. The Detroit native was offered by the Spartans earlier in the process but contact has been on and off between the two sides ever since. If MSU wants to get involved, and has, that could be reason for the pause on Jackson's part.
There's strong buzz surrounding his recruitment that Jim Harbaugh and Michigan plan to extend a late offer to the large offensive tackle. The Wolverines hadn't been as interested as others throughout his process but they have seemed to make a last move here to try to sway Jackson to stay at home. An offer from Michigan would certainly throw a wrench into things for Iowa, who looked at one time as the likely contender to land his services.