"I played it when I was young, but once I started baseball that is all I played," said Jenkins, who on Wednesday signed a letter-of-intent with Arkansas State.
"I played for the Arkansas Express baseball team in the summer, and we played a tournament in Jonesboro and I told my coach this would be the ideal place for me to go to school and play. At the time they weren't really recruiting me. They have seen me pitch and told my coaches they liked me, but it was a few months later when I heard from them."
Jenkins had already applied and awarded the Pride Scholarship, which is awarded to students who have made at least a 25 on their ACT and carry a grade point average of 3.25 or better.
"I actually sent coach Tighe Dickinson a message, telling him who I was, how big I was and how hard I threw," he said. "I got a message they were interested and were coming to watch me play and they had a need for left-handed pitching.
"Coach Dickinson was there for our first game against Greenwood and I struck out 13."
On the day he signed his letter of intent, he struck out 12.
"I've had a couple of good games against them," he said.
He was the winning pitcher in Parkview's lone victory over Russellville, when he struck out 10.
For the season, he has 50 strikeouts in 29 innings, most of it on a fastball that ranges from 85-88 mph."
"We don't have too many guys from Parkview sign to play baseball," he said. "We are not known as a baseball school."
A late developer, he was 5-foot-8, 123 pounds in the ninth grade.
"We don't have a field to practice on so and we would work out on the football field,'' he said. "When I was a freshman I could throw the ball about 60 yards. Now I can throw it the length of the field."