"I'm still committed to Miami," Jenkins said. "That's still the plan, but I decided I'm going to check out Florida this weekend. There's only a slim chance that I won't go to Miami. It's between them and Florida, and I'll know a lot more after this weekend."
So what happened that put Florida back in the race?
"My decision had come down to UM and Florida before and now it looks like they might be losing their top three receivers early to the NFL," he said. "If they stay the same, they run a lot of 4 and 5 wide receiver sets so I think I'll have the opportunity to play as a freshman there. I'll have to sit down with the new coaches this weekend and work everything out."
Jenkins said he spoke to Coach Johnson from UM on Wednesday night. "He's basically saying the same thing that he's been saying all year," he said. "He said if I come in and work hard, I can accomplish anything I want to. That's what it boils down to."
At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Jenkins has also taken a visit to N.C. State, but he says the Wolfpack have been eliminated.
"I might go to Auburn or Kentucky on the 18th," he said. "Then I have Miami on the 25th."
Jenkins brought up something interesting during our conversation.
"In talking to Coach Randy Shannon, he talked about me possibly playing safety," he said. "I'll play anywhere they want me to, as long as I can get on the field and play. They're telling me probably wide receiver, but if I can play earlier at safety, then that's just fine with me. I know I want to play my first year, and definitely return kicks."
A full academic qualifier, Jenkins said Canes fans shouldn't worry. "I still plan on signing with UM," he said. "But I don't want what I would be missing if I don't go on these other visits. I don't want to miss an exciting opportunity at Florida."
Personally, it sounds like Jenkins is just taking a trip to Gainesville to continue enjoying the recruiting process. He knows about Ryan Moore and his visit to UF this weekend, so perhaps the two will do a lot of talking in Gainesville. Jenkins will be a Hurricane, but he brought up a very interesting point about possibly playing safety since everyone assumed he was a wide receiver all year.
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