The above video features a few clips of 2018 three-star defensive tackle Nelson Jenkins competing in 1-on-1's at this past weekend's The Opening Dallas.
The Plaquemine (La.) High School standout committed in mid-February to LSU, with he chose over offers from Oregon State, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, SMU, Tulane, ULL, and UTSA.
At The Opening Dallas, Jenkins measured 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, which was slightly larger than we expected. He wore the mass well and appeared fairly quick off the ball during 1-on-1 competition. He's raw from a technical standpoint, and the prohibition of bull-rushing in the camp setting forces D-linemen to work gaps and angles rather than using brute force, but Jenkins still held his own with active hands and a good motor.
Below are more evaluation notes on Jenkins, as well as junior-season highlights:
Nelson Jenkins is a physical, heavy-handed interior defensive line prospect who projects to the Power Five conference level in college. Jenkins has quick, strong hands that enable him to disengage from offensive linemen and make plays against the run. He flashes a go-to swim move that he uses against the run and pass, but will need to add other technical aspects to expand his pass-rushing repertoire.
Jenkins has a fairly big frame that can hold more weight. As he continues to add mass, he will need to improve his overall body control. That said, Jenkins shows promising closing speed in pursuit relative to his position and is an active, aggressive player at the point of attack. - Gabe Brooks