Jinning Talks Iowa Offer

Iowa located linebacker Justin Jinning early in the recruiting process. The Hawkeyes also stepped forward with the first scholarship offer for the Texas prospect. He talked with Hawkeye Insider about that opportunity and the rest of his process.

Justin Jinning was running around, making plays last spring with Iowa Assistant Bobby Kennedy in attendance. The Colony (TX) High linebacker left an impression that practice.

Last month, the Hawkeyes offered Jinning a scholarship. To date, they're the only ones to do so.

"Coach Kennedy came out and loved what he saw from Day 1," Jinning said.

The rest of the Iowa staff agreed with Kennedy.

"They said they liked my speed, aggression and that I tackle with my eyes up," the 6-foot-1 1/2, 205-pound junior said. "(Kennedy) said I have great angles and pursuit to the ball and just an overall great energy and style of playing."

Jinning fits the mold of an Iowa linebacker that can run, tackle and cover to counter pass-happy offenses of the era. Per Max Preps, he totaled 78 tackles (54 solo) last season with two sacks and a forced fumble. He reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds.

Scout.com ranks Jinning as the 44th-best outside linebacker nationally in the 2015 recruiting class. The service pegs him as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale.

Missouri, Baylor, Arkansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Tulsa and Arizona State have been contacting Jinning, he said. He has not taken any visits.

"Besides Iowa, I'll probably visit Baylor," Jinning said. "Then I want to visit some schools out in California, USC or UCLA. They have great engineering programs out there. I'm playing it by ear for the most part though."

Jinning would like to major in aerospace engineering.

"Unfortunately, I don't think Iowa offers that and I don't have any other offers yet," Jinning said. "So, changing (that major) might be something to consider."

Jinning plans to visit Iowa this summer. He's in the process of researching the Big Ten school and its football team.

"I know they're pretty good academically and they were ranked in the nation defensively," Jinning said

Jinning said that he would like to commit to a school before his senior season starts in the fall. He's not sure what will be the deciding factor for him.

"Honestly, when it just feels right, I'll know," he said. "I may not know every step ahead of me when I make my choice but I'm a firm believer of everything happening for a reason. I'm just going to trust my mind and heart and get ready for whatever lies ahead."

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