Sun Devils on Jenkins-Moore's short list

When it comes to recruiting, Marcus Jenkins-Moore has certainly several BCS teams to choose from. Several programs coveting the Pierce (Calif.) College linebacker have been trying to differentiate themselves from the pack, and thus far Arizona State has managed to become one school catching the eye of this junior college prospect.

A couple of weekends ago, Marcus Jenkins-Moore, along with nearly dozen of his Pierce teammates and coaches, unofficially visited Arizona State. Some of his teammates gave that trip glowing reviews, including Brahmas wide receiver Joe Morris who committed the next day after leaving Tempe.

"I enjoyed myself on that visit," Jenkins-Moore said. "I enjoyed talking to Coach Graham and it meant a lot to me that he personally offered me a scholarship right when I first walked into his office. I was surprised by that. I also sat down with (Linebackers) Coach West and watched film. He's been coaching over 30 years and has coached a lot of NFL players. So he has a lot of experience and a good background and I respect that.

"I also met with Oliver Johnson who used to play and Pierce and is now at Arizona State. He told me how much he liked the coaches and that he is doing very well there."

The 6-3 215-pound linebacker commented that the Sun Devil staff wasn't only impressed with his play on the field, but also with his demeanor off the field.

"The coaches told me that they liked my speed," said Jenkins-Moore who reported a 40-time of 4.5 seconds, "and how I come off the edge to rush the quarterback. They said that if I came there I can contribute right away. In their scheme they blitz a lot and move players around and that's the same defense we run so I know I can do well in it. It's a defense where I can blitz some of the time but also sit back and read the offense and make plays that way.

"They also like my attitude and how I handle myself as a person too. So I made a good impression on them. They know that I'll do good if I go to ASU."

Jenkins-Moore graduated from Eastern High School in Louisville, Ky. and went to Prep School at North Georgia College Prep. There he met Marquel Combs, and both transferred to Pierce last fall. Last season Jenkins-Moore collected 29 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Despite those modest numbers the linebacker claimed that his game film: "shows more than the stats" and Jenkins-Moore definitely has the scholarship offer count to validate that assertion. The linebacker has over 20 scholarships offers from programs such as Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Texas A&M, Utah and Washington State.

"I'm planning to take official visits to Kansas on September 15th and Kansas State," Jenkins-Moore stated. "I'm thinking about visiting ASU for the Oregon game on October 18th or I might visit Arizona when they play ASU in November. So Kansas, Kansas State and ASU are my top three schools. I'm going to visit all those schools with Marquel and there is good chance that we both go to the same school. That's my man right there."

Jenkins-Moore is scheduled to graduate in May of next year and eligibility wise he is a three for two player. "ASU said that they will wait for me," Jenkins-Moore remarked, "and that is another good thing about them. I'm really considering ASU.

"I'm looking for a program that I can be part of a championship team, and a program where I really get along with the coaches. I don't know when I will decide. I might decide in the middle of the season if I get excited seeing players around me commit or I might wait until February."


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