Talented 6-3, 235 defensive end Jordan Jenkins, rated a four-star player for the 2012 class by Scout.com, had already taken one visit to Auburn, but his second trip was one he admits he won't soon forget.
I just had a great time up there," Jenkins said. "As soon as I got there it felt different than the last time I was there. It felt more like home, a place where I could just relax. I don't mind living in a city area but Auburn is like that perfect not too big and not too small area. You can ride your bike or a motor scooter to class."
With an expected crowd of 40,000-50,000 early in the week, by the weekend thoughts of a full house at Jordan-Hare Stadium nearly became a reality as an announced crowd of over 78,000 was on hand to celebrate Auburn's national title. Jenkins said the crowd was one of the high points of the visit for him.
"When I walked to the stadium with my mom there was nobody else around," Jenkins said. "It was pretty early and I was thinking there would maybe be 100 to 600 people out there. I walk out there and all of the sudden the whole stadium starts cheering. I just kept walking and everywhere I looked there was orange and blue in the stands."
Jenkins shows his athleticism
One of the key parts to recruiting is relationships built between the player and the coaching staff. That is something Jenkins said he's beginning to feel with Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.
"I kind of look at Coach (Tracy) Rocker as a father figure," Jenkins said. "He's always there to help his players out. Nick Fairley told me Coach Rocker is always there for him. He said even if he didn't go there cCoach Rocker would have been there for him. I just like the morals Coach Rocker has."
Along with the relationships built with the coaching staff, players also look at depth charts and the chances for early playing time at schools. As a defensive lineman that makes Auburn a pretty attractive place with five players gone from the 2010 champs.
"It was a long day but a fun day," Jenkins said. "I learned so much about Auburn. Coach Rocker actually broke down all of the depth chart stuff for me. That's what I really liked because I didn't know who or how many people were playing the defensive line.
"He broke it down and said he was losing five starting linemen and linemen that rotated in. That just made me think I would have a chance of playing there my freshman year if I go up there. That helped me make a decision to keep them in my top list."
With still over a year until he has to sign on the dotted line, Jenkins said he plans to make a decision sometime around the all-star games next January. At the moment he said he's still looking at a lot of different schools trying to narrow down his list. One thing he's sure of though is that Auburn made up some serious ground following his visit.
"Right now it would have to be Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee," Jenkins said. "Georgia is starting to move up a little bit. They are getting there but they're not there yet.
"In my top five I'm trying to get them more isolated," he added. "I would say Auburn is up there in the higher part. I still have to go through these junior days and narrow it down more."