Florida State's momentum is continuing to increase for the 2009 recruiting class. Brandon Jenkins is commitment number 6, and each one of the players is top national prospects. For Jenkins, getting a chance to play for Florida State is something that he's been looking forward to. When he got the offer this past week, he knew what he was going to do. "It feels good and I'm excited," said Jenkins. "I went with my heart on it. My mom told me to pray about it and she is happy for me. When I got the offer I kind of knew I was going to commit. I got the opportunity to play at my favorite school so I took it."
The recruitment of Brandon was one of the more hotly debated topics since the 2008 class signed last month. Many fans wondered why possibly the best defensive end in north Florida had not been offered. Even Jenkins was left wondering what was happening as others across the nation had seen offers from FSU come in. Jenkins' patience paid off for him, though. Had he not been given the offer, he had plenty of other options. He said, "If they hadn't offered me I would have looked at Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. FSU has always been that school for me and I was just waiting for the offer. I knew it was going to come eventually."
Brandon was offered the scholarship this past week from Jimbo Fisher, and that is who he committed to today. "I called up Coach Fisher and I told him I was going to commit. He told me I made his weekend. He was telling me how he thinks I'll fit into the program. It's a dream come true for me. He thinks I am an explosive player and that I add to an already great 2009 class. I think I'm going to come in as a weak side end, but an end is an end so I will probably play both. The coaches think I have a great frame and that I could be a great player for them. I'm just excited that I'm going to be an FSU player," said Jenkins.
What helps both the Seminoles and Brandon is that he intends on graduating in December. He feels that enrolling early will help him on and off the field, and that the jump start will pay off in the end. He said, "I'm working on graduating in December. I plan to play next spring at FSU. I feel that will give me a head start in school and in sports. I'll be playing my senior year at 240 pounds, so I think I can come in and be ready to contribute right away to the team."
For Brandon getting this decision out of the way will allow him to focus on other things like school and his senior season. The distraction that recruiting can become is now eliminated, allowing Jenkins to have a clear head going into next season. "I'm just excited. I feel relieved that this process is over. I'm 100% committed to FSU and I don't plan on taking any visits. I'm going to be a man about this and stay committed. I know what I want, and that is to be a FSU player," stated Jenkins.
Jenkins made it known throughout that he was a big-time Seminole fan, but coaches still tried their best to change his mind. After the offer, he said some schools contacted him wanting to know if they still had a shot. He said, "Some schools called after and asked if they still had a chance to get me. All the coaches knew I liked FSU, but they still tried to get me. But when the offer came from FSU I knew."
To say that Jenkins is relieved may be an understatement. Now he has the chance to realize his dream, and it's an opportunity he wants to make the best of. "I just want to be a Seminole. This is a step to achieving my ultimate dream. I get an opportunity to play at a great school, and I intend on making the best of it," said Jenkins.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track the progress of the latest Seminole commitment as he goes through his senior season.