Montgomery, Ala.--One of the top offensive line prospects in the country for the 2018 class, massive Marcus Jenkins from Park Crossing High School had the opportunity in his season opener to show what he’s all about. Facing off against promising 2017 defensive lineman Alec Jackson and a talented Jeff Davis defense, Jenkins was physical from start to finish in a 30-20 victory and left no doubt he’s someone to be reckoned with this season.
“It was good for me,” Jenkins said of the battle with Jackson. “He gave me some good motivation to work real hard the rest of the season and I told him to do the same.
“A game like this helps me because we’re a 6A team and they’re a 7A team,” he added. “It just helps me a lot to know I’ve got some competition coming this year and he was my first opponent.”
Known as “Tank.” a nickname that is fitting after watching him control the line of scrimmage, Jenkins said he’s happy with his improvement on the field and it’s easy to see the work he’s put in since last season.
Tank Jenkins gets his hands on Alec Jackson.
One of the things that shows up for Jenkins is ability to bend and play low. That’s not an easy thing for a player of his size (6-4, 330), but it’s just something that comes natural he said.
“I have always been able to bend and flex,” Jenkins said. “I’m good on my squat and all that stuff.”
Already with offers from top programs around the country such as Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, North Carolina and Tennessee, Jenkins has had plenty of chances to visit most of his early favorites and he’ll continue to do that this fall.
One of those schools he’s hoping to see more of is Auburn. Already very familiar with the program after taking visits back to his freshman season, Jenkins said having Herb Hand coaching the offensive line now makes Auburn a team he wants to take a closer look at.
“Coach Hand, he’s a good guy,” Jenkins said. “I really like talking to him. I went to one of their practices and he’s a real good coach.”
Jenkins said he plans to take his recruiting all the way until signing day in 2018 before he makes a decision.