Hokie Rogers Wants Irish QB Prospect

Kevin Rogers is settling into his new job at Virginia Tech and has set his sights on a hotshot quarterback prospect that he had already offered while at Notre Dame. IrishEyes recruiting expert Chris Pool has the story.

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January 9, 2002

Rogers Swooping In
On Irish QB Prospect

By Chris Pool
For The IrishEyes.Com News Service

Notre Dame may be losing a strong quarterback prospect to Kevin Rogers and Virginia Tech.

Derell Jenkins, a 6-3, 190-pounder from Bollingbrook, Illinois, has seen his stock soar the past month. Jenkins was ranked among the Top 25 prospects in the pre-season and he more than lived up to that billing. There may not be a more athletic quarterback in the Midwest. He runs a blazing 4.5 in the 40.

Jenkins has already visited Northwestern and Michigan State. Wisconsin has offered a scholarship but no visit has been scheduled to Madtown as of yet.

Bob Davie and Notre Dame offered Jenkins a scholarship and he’s scheduled to be in South Bend on January 18th for his official visit. However, Tyrone Willingham and his new staff has not been in contact.

"I haven’t heard from the Notre Dame staff," Jenkins said. "If I don’t hear from them soon, I’m going to move on."

Michigan State is currently the leader for Jenkins but a new school is coming on strong, and it’s a program with a familiar face.

Former ND offensive coordinator Rogers wasted no time in contacting Jenkins from his new office at Virginia Tech. The Hokies are extremely interested and they want Jenkins to visit.

"Coach (Kevin) Rogers called and we talked for a while. I think I’m going to go down and check Virginia Tech out.," Jenkins said. "I would like to play quarterback but I would also just like to get on the field. All the schools that are recruiting me except for Michigan State have told me that I would play quarterback.

Michigan State told me they are recruiting me as an athlete," Jenkins continued. "I appreciated that. Right now Michigan State is my leader."

Jenkins is a terrific athlete that has only played the quarterback position for two years. He’s thrown for 3,900 yards and 38 touchdowns the past two seasons.

Jenkins could play quarterback, wide receiver or defensive back at the next level.

(Chris Pool is considered the "Dean of Notre Dame Football Recruiting" and is a regular contributor to IrishEyes as part of the TheInsiders.Com network.)

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