Jenkinson feels "blessed" with Navy offer

Bryce Jenkinson enjoyed a strong spring showing on the camp circuit after a stellar junior performance at Greenville (Ohio) High School and is steadily rising the recruiting ranks with offers and big school interest. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker was rewarded with his eighth D-1 offer from Navy. He spoke with GoMids.com on where he stands heading into the summer months.

"It was last Monday when Navy came by my school very early in the morning," Jenkinson said. "The coach told me he absolutely loved me man. He said they were particularly short-staffed at linebacker and would be putting a band-aid on it this season to hold, but he wants to build up the unit and loves me to come in and fill a spot on it. One thing he said was he thought I was a great tackler. He loved my ability to drop back and cover, come off the edge, the way I use my hips, and my speed."

Jenkinson used those skills to lead the Greater Western Ohio-North Conference in tackles with 133 as a junior in 2013. He played outside linebacker and a "roamer" safety position in the nickel package. Jenkinson was honored with first team All-Conference and first team All-District.

The offers for Jenkinson have come from Yale, Eastern Michigan, Air Force, Ball State, Kent State, Miami of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio, and Navy.

"I'm very thankful and blessed to receive the Navy offer," he said. "I'm not being closed-minded to anyone. I'm keeping an open mind throughout the process. I can't tell you what's going to happen in the future. I'm considering all of my options.

"Originally, I had planned on making a decision prior to my senior season. I may wait and see who else offers. I think Cincinnati is close. They want to get me on campus. Michigan State wants me to come back to campus for camp. I'm looking to surround myself with great people in college. I'm going to be with them all day so I want to play for a staff with excellent leaders on it."

This summer Jenkinson plans on attending a Nike camp in Columbus next month. He's hoping his team,the Green Wave, will improve on just a three-win total in 2013. Northwestern, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio State are other programs expressing interest in Jenkinson, who could very well see his recruiting heat up in the summertime.

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