January 2, 2012

Jenkins prepares to make his decision

The recruiting process is over for Jordan Jenkins. Now the Rivals100 defensive end just has to make a decision as to where he's going to school.

After spending the week at the Under Armour All-America Game, Jenkins plans to go home, break down all four schools, Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia, and choose which place is the best fit for him.

"I took all of my visits," Jenkins said. "I'm not taking any more visits after this. We're not doing any more in-home visits either until after I make my decision. Once we get home, we're going to have everything laid out, the stats on each school, engineering degrees, the community, the depth chart, everything. We're going to look through all of them to make sure I'm making the right decision."

There's no doubt Jenkins enjoyed the process. As a top prospect, he got a chance to attend games at all four of his final schools as well as a few more. Out of all of the games he attended, it was Alabama vs. LSU in Bryant-Denny Stadium that stood out to the Washington native.

"That was the loudest game I ever went to," Jenkins said. "The crowd was never quiet, and I frankly think Alabama gave it away that night because I think they're the better team."

With that in mind, Jenkins believes the Crimson Tide has the edge when the two teams meet for the second time on Jan. 9 in the BCS National Championship Game.

"Since they're playing the national championship game in Louisiana, it might be harder, but physically and stat-wise, I think Alabama is better."

The Rivals.com four-star athlete also had the opportunity to develop relationships with some of the top coaches in college football, including UA coach Nick Saban.

Harris County High School probably isn't used to getting much attention, so when Saban stopped by the school to see Jenkins last month, it created quite a stir in the community.

"It was pretty cool," Jenkins said. "He came earlier my sophomore year, and everybody went wild. We had to sneak him in through one of the back doors and go in one of the private rooms at the school. It just made me feel special that he came to see me, a regular kid playing football."

Saban and UA defensive coordinator Kirby Smart also came by the Jenkins' home that same night to speak with the family and answer any questions they had.

"We talked about the depth charts a little bit," Jenkins said. "We talked about what his plans were for me my freshman year if I came there, just stuff that my parents were worried about, anything that my dad had to get cleared up."

Jenkins plans to announce his decision on Jan. 9, the same day as the BCS title game. For now, the Georgia star is focused on his time at the UA All-America Game where he is working out all over the defensive line for the Black Team.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.

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