LSU still in the hunt?

Our Lady Good Counsel High linebacker Jelani Jenkins has structured his recruitment process in such a way that the path his life will take after National Signing Day remains completely ambiguous. Now, however, the time has come to narrow his list once more.

With well over 40 scholarship offers, the five-star linebacker is one of the most sought after prospects remaining on the 2009 board.


With interest from Jenkins in schools sitting in the double-digits, the coming set of official visits should be the best gauge of his stance that anyone has gotten thus far.


The Olney-native already took in an official to one Southeastern Conference school, and has plans for another official already in the books.


"We had a great time down in Gainesville," said Jelani's father, Maurice Jenkins. "It was a really nice school. Jelani took to it pretty well. He really liked the athleticism of the team, and the fact that they have been in the spotlight these last few years. They have a big game coming up in the National Championship, so he likes those kinds of things.


"Jelani also has decided to go and see Penn State on Jan. 16," he added. "The other three visits will come down to wherever Jelani feels he needs to find out more about."


The five-star prospect will decide what three schools will land his final three official visits after the New Year, which Jenkins will kick off with a trip to Orlando.


"Jelani is playing in the Under Armour All American Bowl down in Florida," Maurice said. "It will be a great chance for him to get out there and have some fun and see what the other kids around the country look like out on the field.


"He just played in the Crab Bowl up here," he added. "Jelani felt like he stacked up pretty well against the guys from Maryland that he had been reading about each week in the paper. So, he is excited to get down and see what the guys at the Under Armour game look like."


After the game, Jenkins will return home and lay out his final three visits.


"He does not go back to school for a while after the game, so we are employing the strategy of taking that time to just figure things out on the recruiting front," Maurice said. "LSU made his last cut, so they are being considered for an official. At the same time, Jelani has not decided on anything with those visits."


As for schools in the running for one of the three officials, Jenkins maintains interest in Boston College, Illinois, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, USC and Virginia Tech.


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