Jenkins Names Cyclones A Leader

If Iowa State does end up getting a commit from Ball (TX) High School's Kenneth Jenkins, he hopes that will come as part of a package deal.

"It's a big factor that they are also recruiting my teammate (defensive end) Justin Williams," he said. "That's all we talk about. We talk about it every day."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety has offers from Iowa State and Utah but one of the two has a slight edge at the moment. "I would say I'm favoring Iowa State more," said Jenkins. "My family could see more of the games on TV and I'm just not sure I want to go to Utah because it's so far."

Jenkins is currently being recruited by Cyclone assistant coach Shawn Raney. "I just talked to him recently," he said. "He seems cool and I could definitely see myself playing for him."

Kenneth hasn't set a date but he fully plans to visit Iowa State this fall. "I know I'm going to visit but I'm not sure when," said Jenkins. "I really want to check out the game-day, campus life, and how big it is."

As Jenkin's senior season is nearing, he feels that his role is changing. "I feel I'm more of a leader since I'm captain of the defense," he said. "I feel like I'm growing up since the coaches have stressed that we need leaders. I really like taking that role."

Jenkins says he suffered a slight back injury this summer but that he's near full recovery. "I strained my back earlier in the summer lifting weights and then I hurt it more at UTEP's football camp," he said. "I'm relaxing now and it's healing. I feel a lot better and will definitely be ready for the season."

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