Alabama's 2021 recruiting class got a boost on Thursday, and it came in the form of an in-state linebacker. Ian Jackson, a four-star prospect from Prattville (Alabama) High School, committed to the Crimson Tide over several high-profile programs including Auburn, LSU, Georgia and Oklahoma.
Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, is ranked No. 235 overall, No. 15 among outside linebackers and is the eighth-ranked prospect in the State of Alabama in the 247Sports composite.
"I committed to Alabama because of the coaching staff and how much they put me as a priority," Jackson said according to AL.com. "Ever since coach Saban came down in February, they've done nothing but show tremendous love. It was definitely a hard decision to make with all the schools recruiting me, but it feels like the right fit for me."
Jackson is a big addition to a Crimson Tide defense that has a long history of developing fast, physical and athletic linebackers. Barton Simmons, director of scouting for 247Sports, provided this scouting report on Jackson.
"While frame is unclear on film, intel suggests that Jackson has a modern second level linebacker frame with the ability to add 20 to 30 pounds at the college level," Simmons wrote. "Could pass as a big safety but developmental upside could allow for future playing inside or outside linebacker. Good tackler in space. Anticipates well on the perimeter. Plays with continued effort and motor. Moving target for blockers. Primarily an East-West athlete but shows some ability to body up ball-carriers. Isn't asked to play through the line of scrimmage or downhill very often. Could have issues against big bodies when they get hands on him. An off-the-ball uncovered linebacker that needs continued development physically but is likely a multi-year starter at a Power Five program with mid round NFL potential."
Jackson is Alabama's sixth overall commitment and second linebacker pledge in the Class of 2021. His commitment moves Alabama up to No. 48 overall and No. 10 in the SEC in the 247Sports team rankings.