In The Running

Very rarely, Jelani Jenkins would see a grade of his slip to a B. When it did, he quickly put in the extra work to raise it back up to an A.

That's the attitude the five-star linebacker from Wheaton, Md., takes to the football field. So it's no wonder Jelani Jenkins is sitting on a 4.0 GPA and roughly 34 scholarship offers.

Last week, Notre Dame threw its name into the hat for the Our Lady Good Counsel High standout. Charlie Weis offered the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Jenkins a scholarship on Thursday.

"I think he's pretty excited about this offer because of the rich tradition and football program, as well as academic program," his father Maurice Jenkins said.

"Absolutely, it's a great school," his mother Stephanie Hall said when asked if the family was excited. "We're very excited."

This past season, Jenkins used his 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash, to register 60 tackles, four sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble. Playing outside linebacker the majority of the game, Jenkins also recovered two fumbles. He sometimes sees action at safety.

Jenkins also rushed for 791 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was named to the prestigious first-team All-Met squad by the Washington Post.

"I don't think they've worked out the details," Maurice Jenkins said of where Notre Dame is recruiting Jelani. "They haven't talked any specifics, but I anticipate it's the linebacker position."

Jenkins has offers from the likes of Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland, USC, Oregon, Stanford and Tennessee. Both parents said Notre Dame is a place they'll likely visit this summer.

"He's just really beginning to go through the process of visiting the schools, meeting the coaching staff and learning about the schools, their academics and football programs," Jenkins explained.

Notre Dame assistant coach Ron Powlus is recruiting Jenkins.

"We really haven't established an internal deadline," Jenkins said as far as a verbal commitment goes. "It's like any major decision in life, when you know it's right, you make the decision."


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