Five-Star Defender Enjoys AU Visit

Five-star defensive end Jordan Jenkins talks about his visit to Auburn over the weekend and what he likes about the Tigers.

Hamilton, Ga.—One of the top defensive end prospects in the country, Harris County's Jordan Jenkins has been a frequent visitor to Auburn to check out Coach Gene Chizik's program. Over the weekend the five-star prospect took his official visit to the Plains to see the Tigers take down the Florida Gators and said he enjoyed everything about his trip.

"Since I got there I had a good time," Jenkins said. "I never felt pressure or anything. I just had fun and spent some good time with Jeffrey Whitaker and Nosa (Nosa Eguae). I had a great time with everybody down there. I watched the game and watched 55 Corey Lemonier do some damage out there.

"They said that's who I would most likely resemble or playing behind or playing in a mix with him. It was just a great visit. I got to see parts of Auburn that I never had seen before. It has just been a great visit for me. I'm really thinking good about them."

With plenty of opportunities to see Auburn on his multiple trips in the last year Jenkins said he already had a good feel for everything about the campus and university, but his most recent trip was a chance to do more than just football and he enjoyed that side of things.

"I got to spend more time with all of the players," Jenkins said. "It wasn't just football talk, it was life talk and football and everything about it. I got to see more of the fan side and go around campus. I got to see every part of Auburn that there is."

There is no question that Jenkins is one of Auburn's top targets not only at defensive end, but overall. With injuries leaving the Tigers thin at the position right now Jenkins said Auburn told him he would have a chance to play and play early next season in the orange and blue.

"Coach Chizik definitely said that they really wanted me," Jenkins said. "He said if I didn't get injured or anything, God forbid, that next year against Clemson in the Georgia Dome, I would get a chance to pass rush. That's something that I'm really thinking good on. He said as long as you fight and you earn it, you have a chance of doing that."

If he did choose Auburn, Jenkins would be playing for Coach Mike Pelton. That means the two would need a good relationship on the off the field, something the talented senior said would not be a problem.

"He's a great guy," Jenkins said. "We get along well. He's like a kid and a good coach. He gets along well with all of his players. Him and Jeffrey have a good relationship. I saw them joking around on the field. Him and Jeffrey were cracking jokes during the game. He's a great guy."

Holding Florida to under 200 yards of total offense in the win Saturday, Auburn's defense had its best performance of the year as Coach Ted Roof's group continues to get better week by week. Jenkins said that's something he's noticed about the team this year and something he's excited about.

"It's something I'm going to think about a lot," Jenkins said. "All of the freshmen and young people get in and they are actually making plays. Just the fact that they are even out there getting a chance to make plays is something I value a good bit."

Having already visited Tennessee with trips to Alabama, Georgia and Florida coming up down the road, Jenkins said he and his family will sit down and begin to narrow down his list after all are complete. Once that is done he said he'll likely make his announcement on or around signing day at a ceremony at his high school.


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