Meet the freshmen: Brandon Jenkins

As Florida State's freshman class arrives in Tallahassee in the coming weeks, NoleDigest will profile each athlete telling fans what to expect from every player.

Name: Brandon Jenkins
Position: Defensive end

Why he chose Florida State: Jenkins was highly recruited but always had a favorite school in FSU. The only problem was he didn't have an offer from the garnet and gold. That didn't last for long. FSU knew they had a great shot with a great talent and offered him last spring. Shortly after, Jenkins pulled the trigger.
"I went with my heart on it, Jenkins said after committing. "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."

Jenkins chose FSU over LSU, Miami, South Carolina, USF, Tennessee and UCF.

Strengths: Jenkins stands a hair under 6-4 and weighs in at 235 pounds giving him almost ideal size for an incoming defensive end. In high school, Jenkins showed a good array of moves and great technique that he will be able to grow on now that he has arrived at Florida State. The freshman enrolled this spring and was extremely productive showing the ability to adapt well. He showed that he fears no one and is ready to play football at the division 1 level.

Weaknesses:As an early enrollee, Jenkins showed little weaknesses. The biggest problem for him, which goes for almost all incoming freshmen, was adjusting to the speed of college football. Although he had several big plays during the spring, there were times he was left lost in his tracks over pursuing plays allowing backs to run right past him. Once he can consistently make some of the plays we saw him make this spring, he will be a force at Florida State.

Chance of redshirting: 0% Jenkins proved this spring that he is ready to play and contribute immediately. With the early departure of Everette Brown to the NFL, there is a lot of potential at the defensive end position for FSU, but no one has proven they are ready to come in and lock down a spot. Although it is unlikely Jenkins earns the starting role, he will most likely see plenty of playing time this coming season.


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