The four-star had an offer from Alabama, who doesn't recruit the West Coast or the JC ranks that often, but in a player the caliber of Jackson, they came West to try and land one of the premier JC lineman in the country. And when the Tide tries to land a JC prospect, they usually succeed.
When the Tide offered last month, they made a big impression on Jackson, especially given their dominance on the offensive line the last couple of years.
But it was UCLA, thanks largely to the efforts of offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who got a commitment from Jackson.
"At first it was all SEC schools, and that was like a dream come true," said Jackson. "But I just was feeling UCLA all the way. I called Coach Klemm to hit him with the verbal. I told him that I wanted to be a Bruin and he was screaming and he said he wanted to jump through the phone, he was so excited."
"I loved having all the SEC schools after me but it was getting real intense. Alabama came across the country to recruit me and they don't do that a lot. That's how much they wanted me," said Jackson. "The whole recruiting process was intense. I was losing sleep, thinking too much about it. But at the end of the day, I knew I wanted to commit to UCLA."
Jackson said his relationship with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, ultimately swung it the Bruins way.
"Coach Klemm, man, he's just the guy," said Jackson. "He's put guys in the NFL, he's real straight with you and he just makes you better. I always hit real well with him."
Jackson visited UCLA for the Spring Game and said he fit right in and felt comfortable in Westwood.
"A big thing for me was that I wanted my family to see me play," said Jackson. "At UCLA, I just felt it when I was there. I asked my family how they would feel if I went to UCLA. And they said they supported me wherever I went, but that they wanted me to be close to home."
Jackson said he's solid to the Bruins, and as of now, doesn't have any plans to take any official visits.
"I know the next time I'll be at UCLA, it will be on an official visit," said Jackson. "Coach Klemm said he's cool if I take all five visits, because he wants me to be sure. If I was to take visits, it would be to the Big Ten or Big 12 and SEC schools, but I don't think there is something out there better than UCLA."
In Jackson, the Bruins land arguably the top JC offensive lineman in the country, one of four four-star offensive lineman from the JC ranks.
This, a year after Klemm and UCLA signed what was the best offensive line class in the West, and the #2-class on Scout.
"Coach Klemm and UCLA are building something and I'm ready to be a part of it," said Jackson.