Jenkins Picks Georgia

ATLANTA – Georgia yanked in the top overall in-state recruit from the grasp of Alabama moments before the Tide played for the BCS National Title.

The Bulldogs secured the verbal commitment of Harris County's Jordan Jenkins –a five-star defensive end – after the Crimson Tide were considered to be the favorite for more than a year.

Georgia's secret weapon? Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

"I picked Georgia because they're a great program, and I've established a great relationship with Coach Grantham," Jenkins said of the Bulldogs' surge. "I'm confident in his ability to gets things done, and I love the way he uses his outside linebackers."

Jenkins' commitment gives the Bulldogs considerable momentum at a critical time in the recruiting calendar as there are only weeks left until National Signing Day. He is the third five-star player committed to the Bulldogs for this year – Keith Marshall and John Theus are the other two.

Jenkins, nicknamed 'The Freak' for his combine performances and highlight reels in both football and basketball, is ranked the No. 5 defensive end in the nation according to, but also could play outside linebacker in Grantham's 3-4 scheme.

"Coach Grantham really broke things down showing me where I would play, how I would be used and how they would move Jarvis Jones around to get me on the field," Jenkins said.

The five-star prospect went on to say that Georgia's resurgence in 2011 and ongoing contract extension discussions with Mark Richt has him sure that the head coach will be in Athens for a while.

"I am confident that Coach Richt and Coach Grantham will be there for the next four years," Jenkins said. "Georgia was a perfect for me and my family. They defiantly felt safe with me going there. I also love the kind of man Coach Richt is. I feel like I could come to him in confidence with any matter."

Jenkins said the fight between Alabama and Georgia was a close one.

"It was really, really close," he admitted. "I wish Alabama the best of luck."

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