Tide out front for five-star

Jordan Jenkins, five-star defensive end from Hamilton-Harris County, Ga., took an official visit this past weekend to Alabama. The Crimson Tide currently sits in the driver's seat for one of the nation's most sought after recruits. Andrew Bone has the latest news...

"The visit to Alabama was one of the best visits I've ever had," said Jordan Jenkins. "I had a great time. Everything was great.

"The game was great. Two top teams playing against each other. That was the national championship right there.

"The atmosphere was the best part of the game. Everyone was loud. Nobody was quiet the whole game. Everyone was going crazy. It was great."

Jenkins has visited Tuscaloosa several times and looks for a chance to play early if he chooses Alabama.

"Coach Saban was really saying I might get a chance to play as long as I work hard and learn the playbook," he said. "He said I can't play if I don't know what I am doing. They are losing some linebackers. He said I can be another Courtney Upshaw- type player."

Official visitors always enjoy the time at the Sabans' home on Sundays.

"The best part about the trip was going to coach Saban's house on Sunday morning," Jenkins said. "I actually broke his basketball goal. I got a little nervous at first, but we were able to fix it. I kind of toned it down after that. Coach Saban wasn't mad or anything."

Jenkins spent time with a few familiar faces during the trip.

"My host was Alex Watkins," he said. "I had a good time with him. We hung out after the Bama camp in the summer. He is a great guy. I also hung out with Xzavier Dickson. We played against each other for three years. I also talked to LaMichael Fanning. He was at Harris County last year.

"The guys were cool. I was asking them the hardest part about being a player. They told me it was the running. They talked to me about Alabama football and how it is once you get there."

Alabama remains in great shape with one of the nation's best prospects.

"I am feeling very strong about Alabama right now," Jenkins said. "I love it when I am down there. I will have to say they have a slight lead right now.

"I love the fact they are a great team. I have the best relationship with their coaches out of all the schools recruiting me. I have a great time with the coaches when I am there. I know everyone. I always have a great time when I am there. It feels like a home away from home."

Jenkins will take an official visit to Georgia this week. He will travel to Florida when they host Florida State.

Jenkins hopes to announce a decision at the Under Armour All-America game in January, but did say he might wait until closer to signing day.

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