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JUCO OT Dominick Jackson Flips from UCLA to Alabama

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Dominick Jackson becomes the second Californian in the Class of 2014. Is Tyler Luatua next?

Alabama fans have a lot to cheer about.
Alabama fans have a lot to cheer about.
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Dominick Jackson, a rising sophomore at the College of San Mateo in California, announced his intentions to play football at Alabama in 2014. He stands at a legitimate 6-7 and weighs a solid 312. On June 5, he committed to UCLA. However, when the SEC came calling, he knew where he wanted to be.

"The SEC is where you want to play D-1 ball," Jackson told BamaOnline. "If you can compete there, you can play at the next level for sure. It’s where everyone wants to be. They’ve been the national champions for two consecutive years and they have Coach Nick Saban."

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Jackson, originally from Homestead High School in Sunnyvale, CA in the Bay area, is rated the #5 JUCO player and a top California prospect. He chose Alabama over offers from Florida, Oregon, Texas A&M, USC, UCLA, Arizona State, and Arkansas among others.

Jackson plans to graduate in December and enroll at Alabama in January. He is Alabama's 14th commitment for the Class of 2014.

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EDITORIAL: This commitment could be another sign that Leon Brown is not working out. The general belief is that a school brings in a JUCO player only if he can contribute right away. Brown is not projected as a starter from an offensive line that lost three starters. Furthermore, there have been some reports of disciplinary problems from Brown and that only a players' vote kept him on the team.

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UPDATE: Check out UCLA's take on this development at BruinsNation.com