Athletic Defender Enjoys Auburn Trip

Defensive end prospect Jordan Jenkins talks about visiting Auburn and getting to know coach Mike Pelton.

Hamilton, Ga.--One of the top defensive ends in the nation took another unofficial visit to Auburn on Thursday, this time with his parents along to check out coach Gene Chizik's program. High on the Tigers before coach Tracy Rocker left for the NFL and Tennessee Titans in February, Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins said he has the same feelings for coach Mike Pelton after getting to know him more on Thursday.

"I had a pretty good time," Jenkins said. "They took me around. I had a good time with Coach Pelton. He reminds me of Coach Rocker in ways and he's a really great guy. I really like him a lot.

"I had doubts about Auburn after Coach Rocker left, but now my doubts are gone and they're definitely in the running for the school I choose to go to."

Just like Rocker, Pelton is a former Auburn defensive lineman that has been successful in the collegiate coaching ranks. Jenkins said spending time with him was huge because it gave him a good feel for how he and Rocker are similar off the field.

"It's really important because I want to know the guy I'm going to be playing for," Jenkins said. "I want to have a relationship with him just like I have a relationship with any other coach.

"They care about you and they really like to be a part of your family and they treat you as if you're their own son or daughter. I really like that about them."

Planning to major in either architectural or civil engineering, the 6-2 ½, 225 Jenkins said he and his family spent plenty of time getting to know more about Auburn's Engineering Program. He said that was one of the highlights of the trip along with his time spent with the coaches.

"We walked around with Coach Roof and Coach Pelton for a good bit of time," Jenkins said. "When we went to the engineering guys, we talked to the people down there for a good 30 minutes to an hour. We got a good feel for everybody.

"It was a great deal. Now I know that Auburn is a really good engineering school. It's not just Georgia Tech is the all high and mighty engineering school. There's other schools up there with them."

Coming back from a recent trip to Florida and a scheduled trip to Georgia before slowing down to concentrate on spring football and getting ready for his senior season, Jenkins said things have been pretty busy as schools continue to come on board for the four-star player.

With options across the country to choose from Jenkins said right now he's focusing on trying to give every school a look before he cuts things down in the coming weeks to four or five schools. Saying Auburn has a pretty good chance to make his final list Jenkins noted there are certain things he'll be looking for in a school.

"It's just the relationship with the coaches and how I fit in with everybody up there," Jenkins said. "How I get along with the players and what the players are like there."

Saying he wants to make a few official visits to his favorites close by and possibly to schools outside the region as well with his five, he said he's going to take his time and not make a final decision until February.

"I'm going to take it to signing day," Jenkins said. "I've got some pretty good peers around me. My mom and dad are going to be there for me the whole way and my head coach and defensive coach. They're all going to support me."

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