Jenkins is a player to watch in 2009

FSU has already started recruiting the class of 2009. Many prospects have been offered, but one that hasn't is Florida High standout Brandon Jenkins. The local product is high on the coaches list, & it may be a matter of time before he gets the offer he's been waiting for. NoleDigest caught up with Jenkins to see if he is coming to FSU's Junior Day, and to see how his recruitment has been going.

Brandon Jenkins is a star defensive end who's coming off a fantastic junior campaign. The 6'4" 230 pounder grew up a Seminole fan, so with the Junior Day coming up many expect him to be there. So will he? "I'm not going to go to the Junior Day this weekend. I have a previous engagement where I'll be visiting my sister. I was invited to it, but I can't make it. I didn't go to Florida's either because I had a football banquet," stated Jenkins.

Brandon has received many offers from several schools, and he has begun to hear from some of the best programs around the nation. "I'm hearing from Rutgers, Kentucky, UCF, LSU, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama. Florida State hasn't offered me yet, though. I look around and see that other juniors have gotten offers, so it makes me wonder if they really want me. FSU will probably be one of the final choices when it comes down to it. They told me they may offer me after Signing Day this year. I've backed off a little bit on how solid I was to them," stated Jenkins.

So, should FSU fans be worried that a local talent may get away? At this time, Jenkins says probably not, but FSU is one of several schools he is really looking at. He said, "I have a top 5 in FSU, Florida, LSU, Alabama and Georgia. Honestly, if FSU offers I'll probably still commit. I've always been a fan and always loved them. I'm just waiting for the offer and want to make sure they really want me. I went to three home games against Miami, Duke and N.C. State. I always have a good time when I go there."

Jenkins is one of the top prospects in the state and one of the standout defensive ends in the nation. Only the top junior prospects are invited to the Army All-American combine, and Jenkins was one of the 2009 prospects who attended. "I went to the Army All-American combine. I got preseason All-American and honorable mention All-Combine team. I had a really good time there and I think I did pretty well, "said Jenkins.

While Jenkins won't be attending FSU's Junior Day, he told NoleDigest that he tentatively plans on going to some Nike Camps and school camps. What his plans are depends on the offers he gets as his recruiting process moves forward. He said, "Right now I'm 6'4" and 230 pounds. I am trying to get bigger. I'd love to get bigger. I may go to some Nike camps, and I may camp at a couple of schools. I'm going to wait to see who offers me and that will show me where I need to go if I go to camps."

Brandon is a prospect that is only going to get better. He was one of the top juniors in the state and was named to the Class 2B All-State team. While he may not have the offer he's looking for at this time, many feel it's only a matter of time. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Brandon and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

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