But as the clock struck midnight on the east coast 20 days later, the four-star prospect out of College of San Mateo (Calif.) reconsidered and changed his commitment.
"Alabama came across the country to recruit me and they don't do that a lot," Jackson told Scout after committing to the Bruins. "That's how much they wanted me." The steadiness of Nick Saban's staff paid off on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as the 6-foot-7, 315-pounder flipped his commitment to the back-to-back defending champs.
One of the top 10 JUCO prospects in America, Jackson plans on graduating in December and has three years to play two at the next level.