Athletic Prospect Taking On Leadership Role

This talented quarterback from Auburn High talks spring football and recruiting.

Auburn, Ala.--Quarterback Calvin Jenkins had a breakthrough junior season as he led the Auburn High Tigers to the quarter-finals of the Class 6A playoffs last year. Now the leader of a team that could be one of the ones to watch this season in Alabama, Jenkins says he's relishing the role as spring practice ends for the Tigers.

"It was a pretty good spring," Jenkins tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We lost a few good players so we're trying to fill in their positions right now. I'm just trying to lead the team and get everybody where they are supposed to be.

"I think we're going to have a pretty good team. We start June 1 in the weight room so we can get stronger. We're going to a couple of passing camps. We'll be at Auburn June 11-12. We'll have a good team by next fall."

Part of a quarterback's job is to be a leader, something Jenkins says he's taken to pretty easily this spring.

"Being the oldest everybody looks up to you," Jenkins says. "You have those guys when you're a sophomore and a junior that you look up to, but now I'm the one they look up to. It's not bad."

A 6-0, 185-pounder with good speed and an improving passing game, Jenkins says he's been getting plenty of attention from schools around the region and currently holds one offer at the moment.

"I have had a lot of colleges come through during spring training," Jenkins says. "The only school that has offered me right now is South Alabama. I have talked to several coaches. I spoke with Southern Miss Sunday night. Louisiana Tech came through as did Georgia Tech and Tennessee. I'm just letting the recruiting process go through right now. I haven't made any decisions yet."

As a junior Jenkins had a huge impact for his 12-1 Tigers. 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 10 games while playing through some ankle problems.

Jenkins is one of several talented players at Auburn High this season including defensive back Pee Wee Cobb, defensive lineman Rodney Thomas, and offensive lineman John Hix.

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