Colton Jenkins commits to Mississippi State

Mississippi State added more offensive line depth today with the addition of life-long Bulldog fan Colton Jenkins. Jenkins made his verbal pledge to Sly Croom's Dawgs this afternoon marking the Bulldogs' 20th verbal commitment towards the 2007 signing class.

The talented Jenkins spent most of his high school career as a tight end, but the 6'4'', 286-pounder projects as an offensive tackle at the next level.

"I love Mississippi State. I have been a Bulldog fan through thick and thin. It's something that is just in my blood," said Colton Jenkins. "My papaw is a die-hard fan. He has been with them through the glorious times and the bad times. My mom has worked at State for about fourteen years. Around my house it's just always been maroon."

Colton picked the Bulldogs over offers from in-state rival Ole Miss as well as Southern Mississippi.

"It's been difficult some times. I thought about Ole Miss a lot, but when I got deeper and really looked at things for myself I felt more comfortable at Mississippi State," said Jenkins. "Once I got the chance to talk to the coaches at both schools, I just felt more comfortable with Coach Croom and Coach Grimes. When I talk to them it feels just like I am talking to my high school coach. It's just comfortable."

"(And) when I really look at the depth chart, it looks like I may get to the surface a little quicker at MSU. That was another thing I thought about."

Jenkins recently camped at Mississippi State and had the chance to work with his future offensive line coach one-on-one.

"The camp was great! Coach Grimes knows what he is talking about. He has a lot of patience. I believe he can really help me with my weaknesses," said Jenkins. "I just love Coach Croom and Coach J.B. Grimes. Coach Jody Wright is another guy I can talk to. When I talk to those coaches it is just like they are already my coaches."

Jenkins will join newfound friend and probable roommate Addison Lawrence on the Bulldog roster.

"We met at the Ole Miss camp and then at the first State camp we really became friends," said Jenkins. "We've been talking ever since."

Colton and Addison along with MSU commit Quentin Saulsberry and offensive line prospect Derek Sherrod bonded at the MSU senior camp and were dubbed the four horsemen.

"Yes, that was pretty cool. The four horsemen will ride. Go Bulldogs!" exclaimed Colton.

With three-fourths of the "horsemen" verbally committed, could the quartet reunite in Starkville once again? Stay with to find out.

Steve Robertson is a Mississippi Scout for the sports network. Steve's email address is

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