The article below originally appeared in the Montgomery Advertiser and is being reprinted with permission.
One of the more intriguing prospects from Alabama’s 2014 recruiting class is junior college offensive lineman Dominick Jackson.
Listed at 6-foot-7, 320 pounds, Jackson ranked as the No. 1 JUCO offensive tackle and the No. 2 overall JUCO prospect during the 2014 recruiting cycle.
Scouting reports from Jackson’s time at the College of San Mateo (California) said he was a road grader in the running game, but needed work in pass protection due to lack of experience.
During the media’s viewing period of practice, Jackson has worked at both right guard and left tackle.
A summer enrollee, Jackson likely won’t be made available to the media anytime soon. Alabama coach Nick Saban has a longstanding policy of prohibiting players who are in their first year in the program from speaking with reporters. So for now, comments from Jackson’s teammates must do.
Center Ryan Kelly said Jackson has “done great” so far.
“He’s had a great camp the first six days,” Kelly said. “I talked to him yesterday. He said coming from his JUCO offense, he ran more of a wing-T versus the pro-style offense we run at Alabama. He obviously has a little bit of learning curve to go through, but through the summer time and sitting with some of the older guys like us, we’ve caught him up. He just goes out there everyday and gives it all he’s got. He’s working at guard and tackle so by the end of camp, we’ll see what happens.”
Kelly called Jackson one of those “big behemoth” guys and said his athleticism is a plus.
“He can move in space and bend well,” Kelly said. “Coming from a wing-T, you don’t do a lot of pass protection so that’s one thing he has to work on. We’ve all been working on that every day. No one is perfect. He’s got a great attitude toward what he does. As long as he brings that every day, he’s going to be fine.”
Defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson, who’s lined up against Jackson in practice, said Jackson’s pass blocking is just fine.
“I think his pass protection is pretty good because every time I’ve gone against him it’s pretty tough to get around him and play my keys and everything,” Tomlinson said. “Dominick is looking pretty good out there.”