Jenkins Planning Trip to LSU

The LSU staff is spending a lot of time recruiting in the Sunshine State and one player the coaches have been heavily recruiting is Terry Parker product A.J. Jenkins.

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The 6-2, 180-pound receiver out of Jacksonville, Fla., is a 4-star prospect and pulled in 38 catches for 500 yards with eight touchdowns last season. He suffered a collarbone injury which shortened his season by two games and limited his potential for the rest of the season.


Jenkins has received 35 offers so far but is focusing on six.


"My top teams are Georgia Tech, Miami, South Carolina, Illinois, LSU and Florida," said Jenkins. "Florida hasn't given me a written offer yet, but I've gotten a verbal commitment that they will. Five of the six are down south and I have a good chance of getting some playing time. I can come in right away and compete for the top spot."


Jenkins said seeing LSU get two receivers in the first round of the NFL draft raised their stock in his mind.


"They get the ball in playmakers' hands and let them create," said Jenkins. "Also having two first-round picks got me looking at them hard. For me, it's like if I go there to the right coaches, they'll coach me up to my full potential so I can make it to the NFL, which has been a dream of mine for a long time."


Jenkins is being recruited by receivers coach D.J. McCarthy and said he spoke with him a couple of weeks ago.


"I also got to talk with coach Miles," said Jenkins. "He was really cool. He was just telling me how much they want me to be a Tiger and telling me about the tradition they have there and how the program is run."



Jenkins said he already knows what he wants to major in.


"The only thing I will be looking for in a school is the environment," said Jenkins. "If I get hurt playing football, I want to know that I can still enjoy being a student at that school."


Jenkins will wait until he has taken his official visits before he makes a decision on which school he will choose, but said he would expect it to be around December.


Before he makes that decision, though, Jenkins plans on seeing his favorites a couple of times.


"I've already been to South Carolina and I plan on seeing the other schools in my top six this summer," he said. "I'm not sure if we're going to make it to LSU for the camp in July or if we're going to just take a trip sometime during the week. But that is a place I am dying to see."


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