NoleDigest Take: Arrington Jenkins

Arrington Jenkins became Florida State's 24th verbal commitment on Tuesday morning. The 6'2, 215 pound linebacker from Miami Coral Park High School is one of the most talented players in the state, NoleDigest breaks down the impact of this commitment.

Arrington Jenkins

High School: Miami (Coral Park)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 215

Position: Linebacker

Jenkins was First Team All-Dade as a sophomore at Killian high school. That does not happen often and most felt like he would be the top prospect in that coveted county in two years. He allowed his grades to slip as a junior and he missed the season for that reason. That allowed him to fly under the recruiting radar as it was thought that he may have to attend JUCO.


Jenkins starred this season for Coral Park
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

He re-emerged this season at Coral Park where he had a fantastic year on and off the field. He is on track to qualify after some hard work in the summer. On talent alone, Jenkins has an NFL future and he is one of those guys where it is largely up to them to reach their ceiling.

Jenkins has mid 4.5 type speed(legit) with a frame that will carry 230+ down the road. He is one of the most physical players you see on the field, loves contact, and tries to inflict punishment on the opposition. Very confident on the field. Shows good instincts. A finisher and has tremendous closing speed.

There is not much downside here as players with his size, speed, and physicality are in short supply. He does figure to need some time, probably a year, to adjust to the college game. Jenkins should have that time to develop at FSU.

This is FSU's third commitment from Dade County in the 2011 class and eighth from "South Florida". That is cleaning up in the most talented part of the state.


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How he fits in at FSU

Jenkins will be the second LB in the class of 2011 joining early enrollee Terrance Smith. Interestingly both have the potential to grow into DEs down the road. Tony Steward is expected to join the duo on signing day and complete the class.

Smith figures to be a strong-side LB in a conventional 4-3 scheme. Both Jenkins and Steward possess more versatility, although Steward might be best in the middle long-term.

Christian Jones saw significant playing time as a freshmen last year and should slide into Mister Alexander's starting spot. Nigel Bradham will start opposite him. Jeff Luc and Vincent Williams will battle for the MLB position in the Spring, Williams ended last season ahead on the depth chart, but Luc has outstanding potential.

Outside of those four the depth chart is pretty open with Telvin Smith, Nigel Terrell, and Holmes Onwukaife being just freshmen.

In the past two years FSU will have brought in 7-8 LBs and replenished the depth chart.


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