Chad Simmons

Alec Jackson wants to experience USC environment

Having never been across the country, Alabama defensive lineman Alec Jackson thinks California will be like a foreign country, but he wants to experience what USC has to offer.

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin has been hard at work recruiting his home state and one of the guys he’s targeted is Montgomery (Ala.) Jefferson Davis defensive lineman Alec Jackson

Martin is hoping to get Jackson to follow in his footsteps going from a small-city Alabama kid to a Los Angeles resident. 

“We’ve been talking about how they want me to get down there,” Jackson said.

Jackson is hoping to make it out for this week’s Rising Stars Camp to try to showcase his abilities against some of the top players in the nation.

“Yea I think I’m going to come that way.”

But it isn’t just a trip to compete. If he’s able to attend, it will be a learning experience since he’s never been across the country before. 

“I’ve never been to California, so it’s going to be like a very free experience for me. I just can’t wait for it to see what’s up there.”

While the 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end wants to eventually see Hollywood and do all the sightseeing that comes along with initial visits to the city of angels, he said that will likely have to wait for a subsequent trip.

“I’m just trying to go up to the school right now because I’ve never been there. It’s going to be like a foreign country.”

Jackson’s stock blew up this spring after a strong junior campaign that saw him make 69 tackles, including 21 for loss and 7.5 sacks. He earned a number of big-time offers from the Southeast and around the nation. After Jackson narrowed down his list to 10 top schools last month, USC sat firmly in the middle of his list:

But a trip for the Rising Stars Camp could be a rising opportunity for the Trojans.

“Different places have different environments, so I’m trying to see how the environment is and how everybody is down there.”

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