Detroit OT Alaric Jackson High on Hawkeyes

December 23, 2015

Written by Rob Howe

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Iowa boasts a solid staff of recruiters. When it comes to the pursuit of coveted Detroit offensive lineman Alaric Jackson, however, an old friend could most influence the decision.

Jackson and Hawkeye verbal commitment Cedrick Lattimore have been friends since they were five. The Motor City maulers have talked quite a bit about teaming up in Iowa City.

“I told him if he comes to Iowa it’s O-Line University and D-Line University and that it would be best for him,” Lattimore said. “I’ve known him my whole life so to play and further my education with him and the Hawkeyes would be great.”

Jackson (6-foot-7, 285 pounds) is scheduled to officially visit Iowa Jan. 22-24 with Lattimore and his teammate at English Village Prep, Chauncey Golston, who’s also a Hawkeye pledge. Jackson also is considering Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

“I want to see the campus and the people I will be around for the major I will be in,” said Jackson, who attends Renaissance High. “I want to meet some of the players and just get to know the people and the place I will be around if I commit to Iowa.”

Jackson said he’s looking at Kinesiology or Sports Management as his college major.

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Rivals, Scout and 247 all rank Jackson as a three-star recruit. Scout pegs him as the No. 33 offensive tackle nationally in the 2016 Class while 247 puts him at 37.

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Defensive Coordinator Phil Parker recruits Detroit for Iowa. He visited Jackson in person during the recent open period.

“I like Coach Parker a lot,” Jackson said. “He was very honest with me and told me a lot of things about the school and what would happen on my visit when I came down there.”

College coaches are dreaming on Jackson’s upside. The athletic big man is raw after playing just two years of high school football.

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Lattimore is another guy who’s raised his stock in the last year and could be considered a late bloomer. Iowa fans might receive an opportunity to watch he and his long-time friend reach their high ceilings together.

“Me and Ced talk almost every day,” Jackson said. “Our bond is pretty tight.”

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