Nick Saban landed a big fish today when he got a verbal commitment from a 6'1", 210-pound linebacker named Ian Jackson from Prattville, Alabama.  The speedy coverage specialist chose the Crimson Tide over LSU, Georgia, and Oklahoma, and he is listed as the state's second best linebacker.

Jackson told AL.com, “I committed to Alabama because of the coaching staff and how much they put me as a priority.  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.  The staff thinks that I can be a major contributor to the team if I come in and work hard.  They see me as more of a Rashaan Evans type guy on the field. I plan to come in and adjust to whatever is thrown at me, be an unselfish player and do whatever I can for the team.”

This is great news for Bama fans like myself.  I love it when we cultivate home-grown, in-state talent like Prattville's Ian Jackson.  I'm thankful he didn't go to LSU.  For years, Prattville has been an incredible source of talent for Bama.  With Jackson's  commitment, Saban and the Tide now have the 2 top linebackers in the state headed to Tuscaloosa.