December 16, 2010

Jr DE has Tide among favorites

Hamilton (GA) Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins established himself as one of the top young pass rushers in the state of Georgia this season with a dominant year individually on the field.

"It was a good season for me," Jenkins said. "I feel like we could have done better as a team but we learned a lot about ourselves as we went along and I feel like we have a really good plan in place for how to improve for next year. I have set some goals for myself in terms of what I need to do to become a better teammate and a better leader for next season."

The dominant effort has only confirmed what many already knew about Jenkins, that he would likely be one of the most sought-after prospects in the state for the Class of 2012. With double-digit offers, Jenkins has yet to do much separating when it comes to the schools vying for his signature but he does have a large group of schools near the top, including the Alabama Crimson Tide.

"Right now, there are a bunch of schools tied together at the top for me.," Jenkins said. "Alabama is definitely one of them right along with Florida, Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia Tech."

"Alabama has been really showing me a lot of attention lately. Coach Smart and I have a really good relationship and I know Coach Saban really likes my abilities and my skills a lot. Coach Smart was just up here pretty recently to watch me practice and Coach Saban has actually come to watch one of my basketball games."

Jenkins said the appeal of the Crimson Tide lies not only in its on-field success but also on the atmosphere and opportunities that Alabama provides off the field.

"I really like everything I've seen at Alabama. I really like the feeling I get when I'm on campus there. It feels like a place where I could really succeed in the classroom and on the field but also a place where I could get prepared for the rest of my life. The coaching at Alabama is excellent, especially Coach Sal (Sunseri) who just has a ton of energy out there in practice. Alabama is a great program and even when they don't do as well as they wanted to do, they keep their focus and keep working hard to achieve their goals."

The 6-foot-3, 233-pound lineman plans to begin putting some separation between the various favorites later in 2011 once he has visited most of the schools for their spring junior days.

"I will probably start to separate out some of these schools from the others once I've finished going to all my junior days in the spring. I know right now I'm for sure going to Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Auburn for their junior days and there could be some more too."

Jenkins boasts a 4.67 forty time, a 35-inch vertical and a 3.65 GPA.

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