As the LSU class grew and grew over the past year, it did so without the addition of any defensive back prospects.
At LSU’s June camp, White Castle’s Ronald Martin was one of the standout in-state performers, and the local product was invited back to Baton Rouge for the team’s second camp in July.
During his return trip last week, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder picked up a scholarship from head coach Les Miles, and he committed on the spot.
Six days later, punter Dalton Botts committed to the Tigers – a brief delay in the dominos that would soon continue to fall at defensive back.
Two days later, Olive Branch (Miss.) cornerback Jalen Collins – also a standout performer from the Elite Camp the week prior – committed to Miles and the Tigers. At 6-foot-2, 175-pounds, Collins’ length proved to be one of his biggest assets at the July camp session.
In this case, the third time was the charm.
Three days later, Hebron (Texas) cornerback David Jenkins – a Jena, La. native and one of the fastest rising prospects in the Lone Star State – decided to return home for his college years.
“I went ahead and committed to coach Miles,” said Jenkins on Friday afternoon. “I was just ready to go ahead and end things.”
The decision came after the three-star prospect made visits to both Texas and LSU this summer, picking up offers from both schools in the process. The trip to Baton Rouge was his final visit of the summer, one he made alongside his father, sister and close family friend.
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