Defensive Back Will Make His First Visit To Auburn

Auburn is the first of four official visits lined up for a prep football standout who plans to see teams in four different major conferences.

Bradenton, Fla.--Southeast High School standout defensive back Mike Jenkins has a busy January schedule. The 6-0, 188-pound cornerback plans four consecutive weekends of official football recruiting visits starting on Friday with a trip to Auburn.

Auburn definitely needs to sign several cornerbacks on Feb. 5th. After Christmas, Jenkins got his first up-close look at the Tigers after he made the drive from Bradenton to Orlando to watch the Tigers practice for the Capital One Bowl game, which the Tigers won 13-9 over Penn State. Jenkins says he likes what he saw in the team's workout at Thunder Field next to the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.

"Auburn's defense is definitely good," he says. "The linebackers are one of the best groups in the country. I was impressed with the secondary, too. I have grown up watching Auburn play football on TV and I like their program and I am interested in learning more about them. The coaches and the players that I met at practice seem like really good guys."

Auburn is losing four seniors in the secondary from a team that finished 9-4. Cornerbacks Roderick Hood, Rashaud Walker and Horace Willis must be replaced along with free safety Travaris Robinson. That means defensive backs are a priority for Coach Tommy Tuberville's 2003 Auburn signee class.

A three-year starter, Jenkins says that Auburn and the other colleges he is considering are all recruiting him to play cornerback although he also has seen time at running back and safety. This past season for Southeast High, Jenkins says that he rushed for around 900 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. On defense he had four interceptions for a team that posted an 11-3 mark.

"We had a good team but we lost to Jesuit in the state playoffs," Jenkins notes. "I stayed on the field for almost every down on offense and defense. I was on the kickoff teams, but not the punt teams."

Jenkins says his ability to make big hits and his speed are his two best assets as a football player. "I like the hitting part of the game," he says. Jenkins is also on the track team at Southeast and says his best times are 10.5 for the 100 meters and 22.0 for the 200.

In addition to this week's trip to Auburn, he plans to take official visits to Nebraska on the 17th, Clemson on the 24th and Iowa on the 31st. The Cornhuskers look to be Auburn's major competition in this recruiting battle because his friend and former teammate, Fabian Washington, plays cornerback for Nebraska.

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