Jenkins talks Clemson commitment

Ryan Jenkins, the latest addition to Clemson's 2013 recruiting class, discusses his commitment to the Tigers.

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The three-star wide receiver from Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga. made his commitment on ESPNU last Sunday on the last day of The Opening in Beaverton, Ore.

Jenkins, who's the younger brother of Clemson cornerback Martin Jenkins, is the Tigers' fifth commitment from Georgia.

He spoke with CUTigers last week about his pledge to Clemson.

What's it like now that your recruiting process is over?
It was kind of a breath of fresh air to finally end my recruitment…it's exciting.

When did you know for sure that you wanted to commit to Clemson?
Probably before I was committed, when I was 100 percent sure I wanted to go to Clemson, it was probably about a week before I committed.

What were some of the things, the main factors for you, when you decided?
Really, I feel like Clemson has a good shot to win the national championship and be a powerhouse program for the next couple of years. It's something that I want to be a part of.

Did the chance to play with you brother help out as well?
It did, but it wasn't really a major factor. It definitely helped them out.

When did you talk to the Clemson coaches and let you know that you were committing?
I called right after I got off the air and committed. I lost my phone in Oregon, so I had to use Dorian O'Daniel's phone. I called coach [Dabo] Swinney. That's when I told him I committed.

Did Swinney watch you on TV?
He didn't know, but it was going to be [broadcast on TV] an hour after it [was taped]. I called him. He was real excited. He can't wait for me to get up there to campus, because he can't wait to coach me.

What's it like being a part of that class Clemson is putting together with all those guys from Georgia?
It's real exciting. I feel [Swinney] is building a national championship-type program. If we get some more guys like Kendall Fuller and Alvin Kamara, that would really be the icing on the cake for the program.

Are you recruiting your buddy, Alvin, hard? Or you letting him do his thing.

Yeah. I talk to him every day. I remind him, ‘Hey, you need to come to Clemson.' I'm recruiting him real hard.

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