Linebacker keeping in touch

Marcus Jenkins-Moore has held an Arizona offer for quite some time now. Read on for his thoughts on where Arizona stands, the other schools involved, and more.

Outside linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore is one of the top defensive prospects the JUCO ranks have to offer in the 2013 class. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce Community College has received offers from schools in the Pac-12, Big-12, SEC, Big 10 and Big East.

The linebacker is currently receiving plenty of attention from the Arizona coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel has been in contact with the linebacker and the two have been able to build a strong line of communication thus far.

"We talk over the phone," Jenkins-Moore said. "Dealing with class and everything, I haven't really had time to talk but he understands that. In a few weeks we will be talking and bonding a little more."

Jenkins-Moore is bound to have a busy summer ahead of him given the amount of interest being shown towards him. That schedule may include a trip to Tucson to visit the UA campus.

"I may come down sometime in the summer," Jenkins-Moore said. "Possibly in June, but they definitely want me to visit."

Arizona is not the only school pursuing Jenkins-Moore hard. Several other prominent football programs are showing plenty of interest in the JUCO prospect.

"Rutgers is," Jenkins-Moore said. "They call me every chance they get. Arizona keeps in contact. Purdue and Kansas State keep in contact. All of those schools are recruiting me the most."

The linebacker has plenty of options to choose from and while there may be some schools that currently intrigue him more than others, he is hesitant to list anyone as a leader.

"I don't know if I would call them favorites because right now all of my options are open," Jenkins-Moore said. "But I like Kansas State and Rutgers a lot. I like Arkansas, Ole Miss and I like Kansas."

Even with the offers coming from all directions, there is a good chance Jenkins-Moore could end up close to him. He recognizes the Pac-12 as one of the more prestigious conferences in the nation.

"The Pac-12 has USC, Oregon, Stanford," Jenkins-Moore said. "It's real big. It's big time football."

There are still several months away until JUCO players will sign and Jenkins-Moore plans to take his time before making a decision.

"It's going to take a minute," Jenkins-Moore said. "I don't want to rush it and I don't want to regret it. I want to run it out as long as possible, but I say I will give it until October or sometime around the middle of the season."

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