Will IU Get Jenkins Fifth and Final Official?

Before Moses Jenkins can decide where he's going to school, he has to pick where he'll take his final official visit - and he has 13 to choose from this weekend...

Moses Jenkins has to make one decision before he make another.

With signing day rapidly approaching, the 6-2 ½, 175-pound cornerback from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., has to figure out where he's going to take his fifth and final official visit before he can decide where he's going to sign.

The nation's 54th-ranked cornerback according to Scout.com, the Boyd Anderson H.S. standout has already taken officials to Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Central Florida, and has 13 schools that want him to visit this weekend.

"It's kind of crazy all of a sudden," Jenkins said. "I want to make sure I pick the right school to visit."

One of those schools jockeying for the fifth and final official is Indiana. The Hoosiers view Jenkins as an immediate impact cornerback who could join a loaded IU recruiting class on the defensive side of the ball. Jenkins is coming off a senior season that included 48 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and approximately 12 passes broken up.

"They really like my height and speed," Jenkins said of the IU coaching staff. "Coming out of South Florida, they saw me in the spring game and an all-star game, where it wasn't on film, and they saw my speed, and they really seem to like that."

Indiana seems to like Jenkins enough to go right down to the wire to try to get him in for an official visit just days before national signing day.

"(Indiana) wants me to come up on the 26th, and they have been with me for quite a while," Jenkins said. "I seem to be real important to them, because they're talking about me coming in and playing hard and playing early at their program. It's an up-and-coming program in the Big Ten."

Among the others trying to get Jenkins in for an official is Ole Miss, Georgia and Marshall, among others. He said he's trying to sort through the suitors to pick a school that's had an eye on him for a while and also will give him the opportunity to showcase his skills.

"I want to make sure I go to a school that I'm needed and wanted," Jenkins said. "I don't want to become just another number. I want to find a team I can help, and I want to make sure I feel at home."

The IU coaching staff is hoping they'll get a chance to put their program on display this weekend, the final chance for preps to visit before national signing day. If they get that visit and a subsequent commitment from Jenkins, it could wrap up one of IU's best group of defensive recruits in recent memory.

Jenkins said he's well aware of the sort of talent IU is bringing in, most notably Indianapolis safety Jerimy Finch from Warren Central H.S.

"You can see they are brining in guys to turn the program around," Jenkins said. "I want to know the players who are in my class that I'll be playing with, so I definitely look to see who else they're bringing in."


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