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Alabama lands former USC star cornerback in transfer portal

Alabama added another elite talent to its secondary on Thursday, as former USC cornerback Domani Jackson announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide via social media. Jackson, a former five-star recruit and the No. 15 overall prospect in the class of 2022, chose Alabama over Michigan after visiting both schools this week. 

Jackson entered the transfer portal on Monday, following a disappointing season for the Trojans, who finished with a worse than expected 8-5 record. Jackson started 11 games for USC and recorded 33 tackles and three pass breakups, but was part of a defense that ranked 118th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game. 

At Alabama, Jackson will join a defense that is expected to lose several key players to the NFL draft, including cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry, and safety Malachi Moore. Jackson will compete for a starting spot in a secondary in 2024. Some of the names he is competing with include Terrion Arnold, Trey Amos, and Antonio Kite.

Jackson was originally committed to USC since January 2021, but reopened his recruitment in November after the Trojans hired Lincoln Riley as their new head coach. Jackson had a close relationship with former USC defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach Donte Williams, who left for Georgia earlier this month.

Domani Jackson ultimately decided to join the Crimson Tide, who have a track record of developing elite defensive backs and sending them to the NFL. Jackson is the latest example of Saban’s ability to attract the best talent in the country, regardless of their previous commitments or affiliations. 


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