Jenkins Makes his Choice

Four-star wide receiver from Jacksonville (Fla.) Terry Parker High School A.J. Jenkins has offers from some of the biggest names in college football. He had plenty of options, but in the end, it came down to the Florida and Georgia Tech. Today, Jenkins woke up and decided it was time to end the speculation.

Life is full of tough decisions and A.J. Jenkins is glad to have this one out of the way. It has been a long and strenuous process for the Jenkins' family and they did not take this matter lightly.

"I was planning on moving ahead with my senior season and I have been thinking about Georgia Tech for a long time so I thought it was the right time to make the decision," Jenkins said. "When I visited Georgia Tech I knew that was the place that I wanted to be, but then I went to Friday Night Lights, it made me second guess myself to the point where I had to come home and sit down with my parents and really think this thing through. I called wide receiver Coach Buddy Geis today to let him know I was coming to Georgia Tech."

Early playing time played an important part of the decision making process for Jenkins.

"Georgia Tech thinks that I can come in and compete as a freshman, they won't redshirt me," he said. "They are looking at me for the Z position where I can utilize my speed getting down field. The staff told me that I will get a shot my first year at returning kicks and I am excited about the opportunity. I know it will be tough work but it is something that I am looking forward to. I have been looking forward to this my entire life."

Jenkins talked a little bit about what sold him on the Georgia Tech visit.

"I love the campus and the surrounding city," Jenkins said. "I talked to all the coaches and they talked to me like a regular person. I also had a chance to meet with some other players that are going to Georgia Tech, we hit it off, and I decided that is where I wanted and need to be. I have never been part of a powerhouse program. Georgia Tech is bringing in a great class, and I want to be part of a great class and one of the people that helps turn Georgia Tech around."

Jenkins is very close to both his mother and father. There was a report that maybe mom and dad would not be happy with this decision, but that is the farthest thing from the truth.

"My parents are very confident in Georgia Tech and the academics, they are 100 percent behind me," he said. "We all are on the same page so I am very excited. It means a lot to have both my mom and dad behind me on this."

With the decision behind him, Jenkins talked about what he looks forward to in the upcoming months.

"I want to enjoy my senior season and maybe gain a little weight before I get to Georgia Tech," Jenkins said. "This is my last year of high school and I want to take time to enjoy it. I want to make it to the playoffs this year and be a part of something special. We have some great people on this team, we have worked hard over the summer, and I cannot wait to hit the field again in a couple of weeks. The biggest thing that I am looking forward to by making my decision is my phone bill! I will not miss the kind of money that I was spending on my monthly cell phone bill."

Jenkins racked up 35 catches with 500 yards and eight touchdowns last year while missing the first two games of the season with a broken collarbone. He has great body control and route-running skills that make him one of the premier wide receivers in North Florida. Jenkins carries a 3.1 GPA.


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