Six-foot-five, 270-pound Montgomery (Ala.) Jefferson Davis defensive end Alec Jackson has been one the hottest recruiting prospects in the state of Alabama this spring.
The 2017 three-star has picked up a slew of offers with several SEC schools trying to pull him in, including in-state powers Alabama and Auburn. But it hasn’t been limited to the SEC as Miami, Texas, Nebraska and others have also offered.
USC continued its push in the state of Alabama, offering Jackson on May 2, catching him by surprise with the opportunity for a scholarship.
“It was very unexpected when they offered me,” Jackson said. “I couldn’t stop smiling because I was very shocked that USC, on the other side of the country, knew who I was.”
Jackson said he was called into Jefferson Davis head coach Lee Carter’s office that day to find USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin waiting.
“When I walked in the USC coach was like, ‘Wow!’ He was like, ‘We like your film and the coaching staff just wanted me to come down to see how big you really are and man, you are huge!’
“He said he would talk to his head coach and said, ‘Call me tonight and we’ll have some good news for you.’ So right then, I knew I was offered."
Jackson said his coaches tell the team to be the same player whether they are in the spotlight or not. After recording 69 tackles with 21 for a loss and 7.5 sacks last season, according to MaxPreps, that means staying humble and hungry.
“When I was talking with him, when I finally heard the words ‘we want to offer you,’ that really made my day. That made me want to go out and grind harder!”
Jackson said he’s never been to the West Coast. The extent of his USC knowledge included the Trojans’ historic dominance in the Pac-12 and that “a lot of movies announce [USC]’s name in the movie like in ‘Boyz in the Hood’ and ‘Woodlawn,’” Jackson said with a laugh.
He wants to learn more about the Trojans, which he may be able to do during a summer visit he is hoping to make.
Check out some recent clips of Alec Jackson from a Jefferson Davis spring practice: