It looks like Josh Jenkins’ career at Army is over after all and like everything with Jenkins it played out in a unique and different way.
Earlier in the week Jenkins tweeted out a link to a YouTube video. This wasn’t just any video, it was a link to his personal highlight video from 2013 and 2014, his two years as a starting cornerback from the Black Knights. This on its own would be a little conceited, but the caption was that Jenkins is “looking to transfer from Army West Point” and notes that Jenkins has two years of eligibility remaining.
With rumors swirling a statement on the situation was needed and that came via head coach Jeff Monken on Thursday. Monken reported that Jenkins is leaving the program because of an “academic situation” and followed it up with the following comments.
“I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed for him and his family. I know that’s something his family and his folks took great pride in the fact he was here. I’m sorry that we couldn’t help him more, that we couldn’t do more to help him succeed here. I wish him well and hope things work out for him as he continues his career.”
Anyone reading between the lines will see there is more to this situation that meets the eye. Jenkins had been held out of drills this spring due to lingering problems from the head injury sustained in a fight last summer. The coaching staff though had high hopes that Jenkins would be cleared to play this fall and that he would provide a boost in leadership, experience and talent to an Army defense that needs all the playmakers it can find.
Jenkins remember had a monster sophomore season back in 2014 with 63 tackles, eight pass breakups and four interceptions. Heading into last summer it seemed to be a lock that Jenkins would continue to improve on those numbers and by his senior season be the piece that Army could build its whole defense around.
Now though Jenkins is done at West Point. If he transfers to another FBS school he will have to sit out the 2016 season due to transfer rules. That will mean the player would have sat out two consecutive seasons. Dropping down a division would allow Jenkins to play immediately, but whatever school he goes to will surely be acutely aware of the past head trauma and it will be interesting to see if other medical staffs are more willing to clear Jenkins than the Army doctors.