October 25, 2010
Jr Peach DE wraps up dominant season
Hamilton (GA) Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins has been among the most highly sought-after junior prospects in the state of Georgia this year and after taking four unofficial visits to schools around the Southeast, the recruiting process is only beginning for the 6-foot-3, 233-pound playmaker.
"I've been to games at Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Florida this year," Jenkins said. "So far, I would have to say my favorite has been the visit to Florida for their game against LSU. It was a close game and the crowd was into it right until the end and overall it was just a great game day experience. But all the visits were great and I really wouldn't put Florida ahead of anyone else yet. It was just a great game. All four schools had amazing facilities and great atmospheres."
Jenkins said he is approaching the recruiting process with very little bias, considering he was never a fan of any college team growing up.
"My dad was in the military so I moved around a lot as a kid and never really grew up liking one team. My dad was an Auburn fan but he didn't really watch a lot of games or anything so overall I'm coming into this pretty open-minded."
While Jenkins, along with his senior teammate and Alabama commitment LaMichael Fanning, have seen their team struggle offensively, the Harris County defense has been among the most imposing in the state, surrendering an average of just over 11 points per game this season.
"As a team, I felt like we could have done a little better on offense this year. Our defense played great and really hardly gave up anything but we just didn't have quite the same consistency on offense. We're still doing pretty well overall. I felt like I gave up a few plays I shouldn't have given up on defense early in the season but I feel like I've really been on top of things as the year has gone on."
"I think the biggest improvement I've made this year has been the way I use my hands. I really focused on that this year and I can feel the difference it has made. I feel like I hardly ever let the other guy get his hands on my shoulderpads and that has had a huge effect on how productive I can be during a game."
Jenkins isn't planning on making a decision in the near future and says he plans on taking more visits and having plenty more conversations with coaches before he feels comfortable making a decision.
"I think I will probably wait until towards the end of my senior year before I make a decision. Every school I've seen is great all around but the things that will weigh in the most will be my relationships with the coaches and how that school can help me with my future, whether it's in the NFL or in the business world."
Jenkins boasts a 435-inch vertical along with a 3.65 GPA.
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