Versatile QB Makes Short Trip to Check Out AU

Auburn High School football star Calvin Jenkins visited Auburn University's coaching staff.

Auburn, Ala.--A playmaker at the quarterback position for Auburn High School, athletic Calvin Jenkins took a visit to Auburn's junior day and says he likes what he saw and heard from Gene Chizik and the new coaching staff.

"It wasn't very different than I'm used to because I'm from Auburn," Jenkins says. "I know a lot about Auburn since I'm from around here. I learned a lot of new stuff. Auburn is pretty interesting. I think I would like to be there, but I'll have to weigh my options. I like it."

Being recruited by new secondary coach Tommy Thigpen, Jenkins was joined on Saturday by teammates Pee Wee Cobb and Rodney Thomas at Auburn. He says the trip was good, but he especially enjoyed listening to watch new offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn had to say.

"Coach Thigpen is recruiting my area," Jenkins says. "I like him a lot. Coach (Gus) Malzahn. I really like him. He said the offense they run is quarterback friendly. I like that. He said the last quarterback he worked with broke several records. I would love to break records."

As a junior the 6-0, 180 pounds, Jenkins was a difference-maker for his 12-1 Tigers as they finished the regular season undefeated before losing to eventual Class 6A state champ Prattville on the road. He rushed 112 times for 655 yards and 14 touchdowns and completed 86 of 150 passing attempts for 1,318 yards and 13 touchdowns in just ten games because of an ankle injury.

Much like former Auburn High quarterback Dominque Reese, who is now playing in the secondary at Georgia Tech, Jenkins has good speed and quickness, but can also throw the football. He would like to play quarterback, but could also play elsewhere on the next level. Currently he's waiting on his first offer, but says he's in no hurry and is getting interest from several schools including Auburn.

"They haven't told me anything about an offer yet," Jenkins says. "I'll just wait and see what's going on. Coach (Tim) Carter (Auburn High head coach) told me Georgia Tech was ready to offer me. I'm not sure yet. Georgia Southern, Vanderbilt, and a couple of other schools have been talking with me."

Jenkins says he plans to be back on Auburn's campus this summer for a camp and may camp at several more schools including Georgia Tech.

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