Jenkins Talks About UM Visit

At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, defensive end Julian Jenkins was the first official visitor to Miami this year and upon return, he had a lot of positive things to say. He talks about the entire experience and where Miami now stands on his list in this exclusive interview with

"I had a great visit," Jenkins said. "I thought the players were all set up like one big family. They have a strong brotherhood. It was amazing, most of the players had tatoos of the "U" on their arms. That seemed kind of extreme to me, but that's how those guys are. They're all in it together. I guess the best way to describe them is one family, one goal."

Jenkins was able to meet with Coach Larry Coker for the first time and he really enjoyed it. "Coach Coker is like a grandfather. He is the type of coach that will sit down and talk about your family and your personal problems. That showed me a lot, I really liked him."

Jenkins, who is strongly considering Stanford, was also impressed with the academics at UM. "The school has a reputation for having great academics and that impressed me. It's a small, private school in a quiet setting. There are only something like 8,200 students there and the school features small class sizes," he said. "Plus they have great facilities."

Jenkins was hosted on the visit by linebacker Howard Clark. "He's a real smart guy, and we got along real well. He said he loves it there."

So what did Jenkins think of the Hurricanes' 38-7 victory over Troy State? "The game was slow at first, but then they kicked it into gear. But they still weren't satisfied after the game."

So how much did the impressive visit help the Hurricanes? "I liked Miami a lot before and I like them even more now. But I'd still say Stanford and Notre Dame are still in front. I'll also visit Michigan."

Personally, I really like our chances here. I thought the biggest factor of the weekend was how well Jenkins liked the academic situation and he sounded very impressed. Jenkins told me before that if it were simply football, Miami's it. But he has to make a decision based on the total package and I really think Miami made up a lot of ground on his top two choices this past weekend. Stay tuned.

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