Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with a slot receiver making his commitment on Saturday.
Kearis Jackson down to Alabama and Georgia
Kearis Jackson, one of the nation’s top slot wide receivers, will announce his commitment on Saturday.
Jackson, a 4-star prospect from Peach County High School (Fort Valley, Ga.), is down to Alabama and Georgia.
“I’m very excited to get this thing over with,” Jackson told SEC Country. “I know teams are still going to recruit me after I commit, but I’m not going to change my mind. It would take something big if I de-committed. I can’t even think of a reason why as of now.”
The Bulldogs are the overwhelming favorite to land Jackson’s commitment. UGA is my pick to land him. I can say that Jackson didn’t finalize his decision until Wednesday night.
The Under Armour All-American only visited Tuscaloosa once during his recruiting process (last month), compared to numerous trips to Athens. Jackson said that just because he visited Alabama only once doesn’t mean the team’s chances of landing him are worse than Georgia’s.
“I loved the Alabama visit,” Jackson said. “I loved everything about it. I got a chance to talk to all of the coaches and players. I got a chance to watch Calvin Ridley work out. I loved everything.”
While Jackson is saying all of the right things in terms of Alabama’s chances, I have always felt like Georgia was going to land his commitment when he made his decision public. I’ve broken down the top slot targets for the Tide several times over the past few months and didn’t include him because I felt that there was a near-0 percent chance he would choose Alabama.
The top targets fans need to know at slot are 4-star prospects Jaylen Waddle and Justin Watkins. Alabama also has a commitment from 3-star athlete Slade Bolden, who likely will play slot when he enrolls in January.
When Jackson was on campus this summer he got a chance to speak with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who told him how he plans on featuring the slot receiver. Nick Saban also shared a message to him.
“Wherever I go, I’m going to be great,” Jackson said Saban told him. “If you commit to us, we are going to push you to be even better. We’ll push you to work on your craft, get better while doing so and make it to the next level.”
Jackson said both Alabama and Georgia recruited him equally as hard over the last few weeks. He’s planning on taking official visits to at least Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State this fall.
The nation’s No. 26 receiver previously has said he will play college football on the same team with 5-star quarterback Justin Fields. Alabama is recruiting Fields, but likely is behind schools such as Florida State and Georgia.
Jackson said that when he makes his decision on Saturday, one of the first people he plans on speaking with is Fields. He’s planning on telling him all about how the school he picked feels like a second home.
“I have had that feeling,” Jackson said. “I haven’t said which one feels more like home, but I got that feeling at both schools.”
That school is likely Georgia, and I would be shocked if the Bulldogs weren’t his choice.
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