But as the clock struck midnight on the east coast 20 days later, the four-star prospect out of College of San Mateo (Calif.) realized that his destination was indeed the SEC.
"Alabama came across the country to recruit me and they don't do that a lot," Jackson told Scout after committing to the Bruins. "That's how much they wanted me."
The steadiness of Nick Saban's staff paid off on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as the 6-foot-7, 315-pounder flipped his commitment to the back-to-back defending champs.
Jackson is the fourth offensive lineman to pledge to Alabama in the class of 2014 along with three-star J.C. Hassenauer, fellow Californian Viane Talamaivao and four-star grayshirt candidate Bradley Bozeman, who will enroll in January.
One of the top 10 JUCO prospects in America, Jackson plans on graduating in December and has three years to play two at the next level.
Below is a look at Alabama's latest commitment in action.