Visiting last Friday to check out the campus along with his family, Jenkins said he was surprised when Auburn coach Gene Chizik made it back from a trip in time to talk to him and even more surprised when he got an offer from the Tigers.
"It means a lot to me," Jenkins said. "I never dreamed I would get this many offers or any offers this early in my football career. I just wanted to play football to play football. I was really scared when I first started playing because all of those big people like LaMichael Fanning. There was another big guy named ‘Tiny'. I was real scared going into high school. I didn't think I would be starting at all."
With offers from Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Central Florida, Jenkins said he's already had an opportunity to see some of the schools in person and Auburn fits in very well.
"I've gone to Georgia, USC, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and that's it for now," he said. "Auburn is pretty high up there with them."
One of the reasons Auburn is high on Jenkins' list at the moment is because of Tracy Rocker. Auburn's defensive line coach made a big impression on Jenkins and his family on the visit over and he said it gave him something to think about.
"The visit was pretty nice," Jenkins said. "Everybody was really friendly and coach Rocker is a really funny guy. It felt like it could be a possible home for me when I get older and go to college.
"Coach Rocker is an amazing guy," he added. "He feels like a dad from another family. He's really friendly. I would be looking forward to seeing him as my coach."
A very good student that is concerned about his academics at the next level, Jenkins said he really enjoyed touring Auburn's campus and especially getting to see one college of study in particular.
"I learned that they have a really good engineering program and that they're making it even better with the new building they are designing," Matthews said. "It looks like it's going to be pretty good. About 60 percent of my decision will weigh in education and some other stuff. I want to try to have something so if I don't go anywhere after college I can be an engineer, maybe architectural."
In football he had 73 tackles and 10 sacks as a sophomore and has been a starter since his freshman season. He is a two-year starter in basketball as well and added track and field to his already full plate this past year. He had a personal best of 6'2" in the high jump while his best triple jump was 41 feet with a discus toss of 149'5".