Montgomery, Ala.--A prospect since his freshman season at Robert E. Lee High, big offensive lineman Marcus Jenkins (better known as Tank) has been a standout the last two years at Park Crossing High. Now heading into his senior season with the Thunderbirds, the four-star road-grader of an offensive lineman is focused on finishing strong while also keeping an eye on recruiting.
A player who has already taken dozens of visits to many of the schools that have offered him, Jenkins said it has allowed him to get a big head start on the process.
“It has been a long journey,” Jenkins. “Those visits have helped me focus real good because I have already been to a lot of schools in my early days of recruiting. I still have to make it to a couple more then I’ll probably make a top list of schools before I commit.”
With no timetable on his decision, Jenkins said he hopes to come out with his top list of schools sometime in June, but first he has got several programs he wants to take a closer look at this summer.
One of the colleges that could make the cut for Jenkins is Auburn. A program that has been recruiting him since early in the process, Auburn and offensive line Coach Herb Hand have been impressive so far, according to Jenkins.
“Coach Hand is a really good coach,” Jenkins said. “He’s a really fun guy to be around. He’ll laugh and joke with you, but when it’s time to grind he’s all about his business.”
A physical player who lines up at tackle for Park Crossing, Jenkins has the size to stay outside but the mentality to move inside and clear the way at guard. He said right now Auburn is just saying they like him.
“He (Hand) likes that I’m a monster,” Jenkins said. “He said that I’m a freak of nature. That makes me feel awesome.”
In addition planning a return visit to Auburn in early June for Big Cat Weekend, Jenkins said he also hopes to visit Oklahoma, Missouri, Miami, Louisville and others before narrowing his list.