Darnell Jenkins Interview

I had a long interview on Tuesday afternoon with former Miami (Fla.) Central standout Darnell Jenkins. At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, former Miami (Fla.) Central standout wide receiver Darnell Jenkins recently received the good news he's been waiting months for. Read on for all the details.

"I just recently found out that I got a passing test score on the ACT," Jenkins said on Tuesday evening. "I was so happy. You know how people say there are certain times in your life where you'll face obstacles? This was one of them for me and I was able to get over it and I'm real happy about it."

Jenkins said he has spent the past several months preparing for his career at UM.

"My uncle has been keeping me focused," he said. "I've basically been working out in the weight room, working on my conditioning, running routes, and stuff like that."

The standout wide receiver said he will start at UM in December.

"I don't know about the exact date or whatever, but I'm pretty sure I'll be there for bowl practices," he said. "I'm going to talk to the coaches about all that real soon."

Jenkins, who plans on wearing jersey No. 8, said he's been paying close attention to what the freshman receivers have been doing this season.

"They all been playing," he said. "Ryan Moore, Moss, and Jolla. So I think I could have been out there playing too."

Jenkins said he's confident in his abilities.

"Those guys might have a year on me with experience," he said, "but I'll fit in. I'm going in to compete so they better be ready. I know my competition."

Jenkins said despite the fact that UM may be without three current wide receivers next season, he thinks the group will be just as good.

"Andre might be leaving early and Kevin Beard's going in for surgery for an ACL and Ethenic's gone," he said. "But at Miami, we just reload. When Edgerrin James left, in came James Jackson and Clinton Portis. When Frank Gore went down, Willis McGahee stepped in. When Santana Moss left, Andre Johnson stepped in. That's what championship football is all about."

Jenkins said he never considered going anywhere else besides Miami since August.

"They're the champions and they're right here," he said. "Those are the reasons I committed in the first place. Now I'm ready to go prove to everyone who I am."

So what type of impact does Jenkins think he can make as a true freshman next season?

"All I can say is just keep your eyes open," he said. "You'll see."

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