Julian Jenkins Interview

At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, College Park (GA) defensive end Julian Jenkins is one of the top defensive end prospects in the South and he's scheduled a visit to Miami. He names two favorites, and talks indepthly about the UM program and their season so far in this interview.

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Inside the classroom, Jenkins is fully qualified with a 3.7 GPA and 1170 SAT score. In three games this season, Jenkins has 27 tackles, five sacks, four casued fumbles, and he also scored a 40-yard touchdown on offense.

Which schools have been calling you this month: Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Stanford, Michigan, Penn State, Miami, and North Carolina.

Which of those schools have sent you a scholarship offer: All of them except for Stanford.

If signing day were tomorrow, what's it looking like: My two leaders right now are Stanford and Notre Dame. Stanford is the No. 1 school in the country. And Notre Dame is the most prestigous school in the country. The other two schools I'm still considering are Michigan and Miami.

Have you scheduled any official visits: You know I went to Penn State on September 1, right? I visit Miami on October 6, and Notre Dame on November 3. I'm in the process of setting them up to Stanford and Michigan.

Talk about your visit to Penn State: It was OK. Penn State didn't prepare for what was coming. Miami plays a different game. They're a lot faster than Penn State and you can't prepare for that type of team speed. Miami really got after the quarterback all night which made things really tough for Penn State. I love Miami's spirit, their confidence. I was on the field before the game and Penn State came out to warm up first. When Miami's players came out, they were laughing and having fun. You could see a big difference in the two teams right from the start. Miami knew they were going to win that football game.

Talk more about Miami: That's where I will go if I want to get better as a football player and win. If I want to get as fast as grease lightening coming off the edge, I'll go to Miami. They prepare you like that, for the NFL. Plus Coach Hargreaves talked about the confidence they have that I told you about. He says their players just can't think about ever getting beat. I love that. Like I said, if I wanted to get better in football, I'll go to Miami. But football isn't everything, you know.

Personally, I think Jenkins is an outstanding prospect. He's a dominating pass rusher who is already fully qualified. As he mentioned, if he goes to college for academics primarily, he's probably headed to Stanford. If he goes to college for football primarily, he's headed to Miami. It'll be interesting to see how his official visits help him make his final decision. I think we have a 40-percent chance here. Jenkins is one of 18 defensive lineman prospects featured and profiled in our recruiting database.

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