Alabama Football: Can Tide flip 5-star corner Domani Jackson?

Mater Dei cornerback Domani Jackson (3)
Mater Dei cornerback Domani Jackson (3) /

Alabama football is trying to flip USC football commit, Domani Jackson, and here’s why it could be a real possibility. 

There are some programs that put fear into the others whenever they come after a recruit and Alabama football is definitely one of those.

The Crimson Tide recruit as well as any college football team in the country. They win more than anybody else too and Nick Saban knows how to sell that to recruits.

Oh, and Alabama football also churns out more NFL draft picks than anybody else, which is another reason top-flight players often go there.

So far in the Class of 2022, Alabama has six commitments. Three are ranked in the top 100 including five-star quarterback Ty Simpson, who is No. 22 overall, and five-star running back Emmanuel Henderson, who is ranked 28th overall according to the 247 sports composite rankings.

The Crimson Tide don’t have any defensive backs committed yet, which is something they would certainly like to change. And one of their targets just happens to be the No. 1 overall corner in 2022, Domani Jackson.

Why Bama could flip Jackson from USC

Jackson has been committed to USC football for months now, but Michigan, Alabama, and others have continued to push for him.

At one time, it seemed like a USC, Michigan, Ohio State battle, but the Crimson Tide have entered the fray more of late and have secured an official visit.

According to Rivals, Jackson will visit Alabama June 18-20. Michigan was pushing hard for a visit and he’s close to Wolverines commit Will Johnson, another five-star prospect, but it seems like Alabama is the lone competitor now.

So what does this visit mean? And can Alabama football actually flip Jackson?

Jackson isn’t a kid that loves the recruiting process so I doubt he’s taking this visit just to do it. Any defensive back is going to want to hear what Nick Saban and Alabama have to say.

And with Jackson, the Tide can sell the chance to win multiple national titles, while also basically ensuring that he will be a first-round pick. Alabama wins and develops talent with the best of them.

Yet, according to 247 sports, Jackson is still firm:

"“Jackson, the gem of USC’s early class, is an elite recruiter on a local and national level so expect him to be on campus a lot this summer to serve as a USC ambassador. Cornerback is a position of need with veterans Chris Steele and Isaac Taylor-Stuart both draft-eligible moving into 2021. He is planning to take an official visit to Alabama at some point, but he remains firm with Donte Williams and USC.”"

Donte Williams is the real key. Jackson has developed a great relationship with him and he plays at Mater Dei, so USC is close to home.

But Clay Helton’s regime hasn’t been the staple of consistency. And on-field results do matter. If Michigan had put together a better season in 2020 and avoided all the Jim Harbaugh instability, Jackson could have committed there.

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At this moment, I wouldn’t predict Jackson to flip to Alabama. But let’s see what he says after his visit. Then, it will be up to USC to hold his commitment until signing day, which won’t be easy, especially if the Trojans have ups and downs on the field.