2018 Plaquemine (La.) defensive tackle Nelson Jenkins got the offer from Ed Orgeron on Thursday and decided to flip from Kansas and commit to the Tigers.
"It's awesome. It's really awesome. I've been praying. If you're from Louisiana, it's your dream to go to LSU. I was surprised," Jenkins said. "When I was a little kid, I always wanted to go to LSU. Dreams are finally coming true."
Orgeron and Jenkins' coach Paul Distefano are close and the 6-4, 180-pound defensive lineman said Orgeron was trying to get in touch with Jenkins for a while.
"When I finally went back to the field house, he told me coach Orgeron wanted to talk to me. I called him and that's when he told me," Jenkins said. "He told me that he wanted to get straight to the point and say that we're offering you and we should have been offering you. We want you to come here at LSU with the great atmosphere.
"I thought about it for a couple seconds since my dream was coming true. I had to come back to myself and I was like, might as well go ahead and do it. This is what I worked for."
Just down the road from Tiger Stadium, Jenkins was teammates with LSU 2017 signee Todd Harris and will be on hand for Saturday's Boys from the Boot event in Baton Rouge.
"It's awesome. I'm going to see about it a little more and talk to the coaches to get to know them," Jenkins said.
Jenkins is the seventh commit in the 2018 class and second commitment of the day, following Copiah-Lincoln Community College defensive end Travez Moore, who committed earlier on Thursday.
"It's going to be nice. Get to put on that purple and gold and put on for our state."
SCOUT EVALUATION NOTES:
"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
- Disengaging ability
Areas to Improve
- Body control/balance
- Technique/pass-rushing moves