March 3, 2011
Jenkins to visit Capstone
TUSCALOOSA | Jordan Jenkins, one of the top prospects in the state of Georgia for 2012, plans to visit The University of Alabama unofficially this weekend, the linebacker/defensive end prospect told Tidesports.com.
"I'm coming with my mom and dad. Me and like 10 or 12 other guys are going to come, watch the basketball game and talk with the coaches," said Jenkins. "Then Coach (Tommy) Parks and I are going to go and talk to the people at the engineering school and take a look at the dorms."
Jenkins is taking his recruitment seriously early in the process, having already visited the campuses of UA, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina. As for the Crimson Tide, Jenkins said he sees himself as a potential "Jack" linebacker, a hybrid linebacker/defensive end in UA's 3-4 defense.
"I just like their football program and how I would play for them at the Jack linebacker," Jenkins added. "When I went down there and played that, it wasn't that hard, and I got a good feel for what it would be like."
Jenkins' offers include the schools he's already visited, plus Purdue, Vanderbilt, Southern Cal, Kentucky, South Florida, Central Florida, and most recently Louisville, an offer he just picked up Thursday.
Parks had this to say about his senior-to-be: "He's a phenomenal player, phenomenal kid, just a freak of nature. He's been a starter for us since he was a freshman, never missed a practice. We run sprints in practice, and he wins every sprint. What sets Jordan Jenkins apart from the average athlete is his competitive nature. He competes at every thing he does."
Parks said Jenkins came to the attention of the UA coaching staff in part through its recruitment of new signee LaMichael Fanning from the same school.
"Coach Smart came by and watched practice in the spring. They've come by a couple times to visit, really visiting LaMichael but keeping their eyes open for him," Parks said. "I took him to the camp last year, so he went to Alabama's camp last year. He worked at the outside Jack linebacker. I know Alabama really likes him."
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