The LSU staff saved the final two weekends of the 2011 recruiting calendar to bring in their committed players, splitting up the crop between this past weekend and next weekend – the final time coaches will be able to visit with players before signing day.
David Jenkins made the drive from Lewisville, Texas, where he and his family spent Friday and Saturday night in the company of future teammates and their families.
“We did a lot of hanging out around the other guys,” he said. “It was a great visit for me, just getting that chance to see everyone and get to know them on another level. It was one of those weekends were everyone worked on that team bond. We came together as a unit by hanging out and getting to know each other.”
Hosted by freshman receiver James Wright, Jenkins struck up a bond that he feels will last into his days at LSU.
“James and I really got along well,” he said. “Even though we play different positions, he really understands me. He knows what I’m going through and how I look at the process. We talked a lot about how we want to line up against each other once I come to campus.”
Wright and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu helped escort Jenkins and the other defensive backs around over the weekend, spending a majority of their time relaxing on campus at the different players’ apartments.
“Tyrann is just a really good person overall,” he said. “He’s the kind of player that guys like me look up to. If you are coming into a college program, you want to be like Tyrann.
“I was also with Micah Eugene pretty much the whole time. Paul Turner hung with us, too. They are great guys who can joke around and just relax with you. I am glad I came over this weekend because I got to see that part of them.”
Though he was recruited by other schools and received offers from the likes of Oklahoma and Texas, Jenkins said the trip helped drive home why he chose to wear purple and gold.
“It gave me that team vibe that coach Miles had always told me about,” he said. “I’m excited about coming on with The Fam. Our class should be a great one. The bond that we all have going on off the field is what makes us great.”
As a resident of Texas, the team’s recent win over Texas A&M in Dallas was the perfect way to ring in the New Year for Jenkins.
“I was so pumped to see how successful they were,” he said. “We have a lot of those guys coming back next year and it’s a great time to be a younger player like myself because we can learn from those guys and then play alongside them these next few years.”
Jenkins and his family spent time with LSU coach Les Miles and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger, who recruited the nation’s No. 11 cornerback to the Tigers.
“Coach Ensminger has recruited me for a while now, and we get along great,” said Jenkins. “I know coach (Ron) Cooper from coming to camp and then sitting in on the meetings with the defensive backs. I’m excited about playing under him. Coach Miles is great, too. He has made me feel at home from the start.
“All the coaches are just telling me to keep working, and once I get my workout schedule then I should really put the press on. I want to come into camp with hopes of showing out enough to play as a freshman. They said I will get the chance to compete in the fall, so that’s my goal right now.”