Top JUCO offensive tackle flips from UCLA to Alabama
Despite the strong effort that Jim L. Mora and his staff have shown on the recruiting trail, UCLA lost one of its commitments to an SEC power on Tuesday night as one of the nation's best offensive line prospects chose to decommit from the Bruins and pledge to the Crimson Tide instead.
Dominick Jackson, a 6-6, 310-pound Class of 2014 product, changed his commitment to the Tide after previously being committed to UCLA since June 5. The offensive tackle from the College of San Mateo (San Mateo, CA) is considered one of the best offensive tackles and one of the best overall players in the junior college ranks. He held offers from major programs such as Arkansas, Florida, Oregon, USC and Texas A&M. He plans to graduate in December and enroll at Alabama early so he can participate in spring ball.
The 14th commitment in Alabama's 2014 class, Jackson would have been one of the biggest commitments for Mora and the Bruins. However, he now is set to join guard Viane Talamaivao and center JC Hassenauer as part of a strong group of offensive linemen headed to Tuscaloosa. The Tide managed to bring in a strong set of offensive linemen in last year's cycle as well, so Nick Saban and his staff continue to focus on making sure they always have depth along the trenches.
While the decommitment of Jackson is disappointing for the Bruins, they are in good hands with offensive line coach and top recruiter Adrian Klemm. This past February he helped UCLA sign seven talented offensive linemen, and four of the seven were out-of-state prospects. Expect the Bruins to find a suitable replacement for Jackson before next February.