Those who follow junior college football for more than just the play on the field know the College of San Mateo is a hot bed for transfering talent. This season alone, the Bulldogs set a program record with over 30 players finding four-year university homes.
But this week, CSM has entered into uncharted, national-championship waters — perhaps stamping its name as the premiere junior college transfer programs in the country.
The Bulldogs formerly announced that offensive lineman Dominick Jackson has committed to the University of Alabama where the BCS championship trophy has called home three of the last four years.
Jackson’s transfer caps off a year when CSM is sending Bulldogs to Louisiana State, Kansas State, UNLV, Cal, Washington State and the University of Hawaii, just to name a few.
Jackson committed to UCLA and the Bruins in early June and held offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida, Oregon, USC and Texas A&M among others.
But once Nick Saban and the Roll Tide come calling, there is no such thing as a “no, thank you” — especially if it’s been a dream of yours since you put on pads at Homestead High School in San Jose.
Jackson’s rating differs from site to site, but there is no wavering on his talent level. He’s listed at 6-7 and 315 pounds with a four-star recruiting rating to his name. A lot of websites list him as the No. 1 junior college offensive tackle in California and as high as the No. 2 overall junior college prospect in the nation.
According to the Alabama athletic website, the Crimson Tide now boast 14 recruits in their 2014 class. Jackson joins 4-star guard Viane Talamaivao and 3-star center JC Hassenauer.
A BCS-caliber recruit out of high school, Jackson came to the Bulldogs and anchored an already-talented offensive line, guiding CSM to a 7-4 record, including a 49-20 win over Sierra College in the Bothman Bulldog Bowl.
The Bulldogs ran for over 3,200 yards in 2012, averaging over 271 yards a game and five per carry. Those numbers were all good for tops in the NorCal confererence — arguably the most competitive conference in the country.
Jackson is slated to move from tackle to guard this season for the Bulldogs. CSM begins its 2013-2014 season on Sept. 6 at Laney College. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.