What to Like: At 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds, Jenkins is a classic run stuffer. A nose guard prospect, Jenkins plays with good pad level, a strong lower body, and is very difficult to move off the line of scrimmage. He often eats up double teams, and is overall very good when defending the run. He had excellent feet, especially for someone his size, and that's probably a big reason why he's getting the offers he's getting. His coach describes him as a hard worker, and someone who really enjoys the game and the competition that comes along with it. Finally, it's always good when you have a kid on your campus for camp. Jenkins camped here, which means the coaches had an up close look at how he learns, how he competes, and the type of physical condition he's in. After seeing all those things, they decided to offer him a scholarship.
What may concern you: Like a lot of 320-pound kids at that age, his weight will need to be monitored. Because of his build and style of play, he offers very little upside as a pass rusher. In fact, he's best suited to play the nose in a 3-4 defense. At a Nike event earlier this year, he ran a 5.7/40, a 5.4/shuttle, and jumped 18 inches. Those are not numbers that will blow anyone away, so he doesn't offer much from an athletic standpoint. Finally, he's been very lightly recruited up until now. Even Rutgers, the top school in his home state of New Jersey, has not yet offered him. That could be a concern for two reasons: 1) you'd think they've offered all the top prospects in Jersey and 2) what happens if they do offer down the road. Could that throw a wrench in the process? Schools like Pittsburgh and Maryland have offered him.
Bottom Line: The Hurricanes need defensive linemen badly. They need big bodies. The way they're recruiting this year makes you believe that a 3-4 defense is on its way. If so, Jenkins fits the role of a nose guard quite well. He's the second defensive tackle commitment for the Class of 2014, joining Juco transfer Dalvon Stuckey. The Canes likely aren't done yet either. Look for others to continue getting actively recruited.