The Jenkins Tour Continues

Five-star linebacker Jelani Jenkins is trying to see as many schools as possible before making an initial cut from his plus-30 scholarship offers.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Wheaton, Md., standout has made unofficial visits to Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Penn State. Jelani Jenkins and his father also flew out to California and saw USC, UCLA and Stanford.

"With football season coming up, we're trying to make as many hits before the middle of August and football starts," Maurice Jenkins explained. "We're keeping everything equal and trying to keep an open mind until we see all the programs and talk to all the coaches."

Later this month, the two Jenkins men hope to check out a few more schools. One visit is now set in stone.

Jenkins will see Notre Dame.

"I did talk to (Irish assistant coach) Ron (Powlus), and it's confirmed that we will be in the 26th and 27th," Maurice Jenkins said.

That weekend will be Jenkins first time on the Irish campus. They will also try and make it to Ohio State.

Jenkins talked with Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis over the phone during the spring evaluation period, and both he and his father have kept in touch with Powlus.

"I think he is pretty knowledgeable and very receptive," the elder Jenkins said of Powlus.

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.


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