High School: Florida High
CAREER: Jenkins was a 4-star recruit from Tallahassee and was an early verbal in the recruiting cycle. He had offers from many top programs. 2009 was considered one of the best years EVER in the "Big Bend Area" and Jenkins was seen as one of the stars.
This was the eval from Scout.com: "Jenkins has a quick first step, and is very advanced with his pass rushing moves for a high school player. He uses his hands extremely well to maintain control of the offensive lineman in front of him to get him off balance, swim by him, or simply force him backwards to collapse the pocket. He shows excellent effort in pursuing from the backside and downfield. A future star should he continue to develop in college." Dead on.
Jenkins enrolled early to participate in Spring 2009 and ended up playing in 12 of the 13 games as a true freshmen. He was a pure pass rusher that needed to add weight and strength.
He had a MONSTER true sophomore season where he clearly was one of the best DE's in the country: 13.5 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss, and 63 tackles were the key stats. The last one, tackles, showed that he played strong against the run which was a big improvement. It was always known that he was going to be a great pass rusher, being strong against the run made him a complete player and a player who was amongst the elite in the country.
EXPECTATIONS: Arguably no one on the team has higher expectations than Jenkins. Jenkins, Andrew Datko, Xavier Rhodes, and Nigel Bradham have the potential for All-American type seasons. Jenkins has played from the get-go and seemingly has improved every day he has been on campus. There is no reason to think that he will not be better in 2011.
Defensive End is a tricky position statistically however, often times solid work goes unnoticed if you are not getting to the QB. On top of that, he was a bit of an unknown a year ago, it is very likely that he see's increased attention from OCs in 2011. That would, in affect, be setting up the opposite DE for success as he should be one-on-one. The great one's figure out a way to beat that increased attention.
Jenkins is firmly on the NFL radar and he may be a rare case of a defensive linemen going three and out. He has added more weight and strength and certainly looks the part of the nation's top DE. A similar season this year should land him in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft, likely the first.
OVERALL: What can you say? An absolute home-run on the recruiting trail. While some of the Big Bend recruits did not work-out- Mizell(WSU), Downs(JUCO), Harley(transfer), Starling(USC)----Jenkins, Chris Thompson, and Jacobbi McDaniel have been extremely productive.
Jenkins, in particular, has been a home run and if he has the type of season many expect, he will leave(even early) as a player with over 30 sacks in his career. He has worked hard at FSU, he is a tremendous team-mate, and has been a huge part of the turnaround last year. Sign 85 players like Jenkins and you win National Title's every year.