"Vandy and Tennessee are both great programs and have everything I'm looking for," Jelks said. "I got the best feeling from them and can see myself there."
Jelks attended the Commodores' spring game this past weekend (April 16). "It was great," he said. "I love how coach James Franklin is getting them up. They've been down for a while, but are doing better. They looked pretty good and I like the energy and intensity they have now."
He lives about two hours from Vanderbilt and five hours from Tennessee. "It's not big, but it helps to stay somewhat close," he admitted.
Jelks grew up following Tennessee. "I went to a lot of their games as a kid," he said about the Vols. "I liked their offense a lot."
He visited the Vols a few weeks ago as well. "It was great," he said. "I love the energy they play with," he said. "They are determined to get better and are working real hard. Coach Derek Dooley is cleaning the program up and is doing amazing."
Jelks, ranked as the No. 51 offensive tackle in the country from Scout.com, now favors Vanderbilt and Tennessee solidly over Duke, Cincinnati and Wake Forest. All have offered as well as Arkansas State.
His first offer was from Duke in February. "Coach David Cutcliffe is an amazing person," he said. "I like the o-line coach (Matt Luke) a lot. He's one of the best around.
"They are rebuilding but they have a lot of talent," he said about the Blue Devils. "I think they'll surprise a lot of people next season."
Jelks says he will take his time with the recruiting process. "I'll go through the whole process," he said. "I don't want to rush anything.
"I want to be around players I like and get along with," he said. "I want to build a good relationship with the coaches and just feel like I know what to expect."
He is unsure if he'll attend any camps this summer.
"I have good footwork," he said. "I move well and cut well and can get into my opponent's chest. I'm very aggressive."
Jelks says he can bench 285-pounds and squat 325.
"I'm trying to get my weight up to 275 or 280," he said. "I want to be more physical and take on the bigger guys."
He reports a perfect 4.0 core GPA and a 22 ACT.