Jersey DT Commits to 'Canes

DePaul Catholic High (Wayne, N.J.) defensive tackle Courtel Jenkins received an offer after a strong camp performance at Miami, and he committed to the Hurricanes on Thursday.

Courtel Jenkins traveled the country attending camps and combines because of his desire to compete, and it paid off in a big way over the weekend.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pound Jenkins performed well at Miami's camp, received an offer, and committed to the ‘Canes on Thursday.

"He committed to Miami today," said DePaul Catholic High (Wayne, N.J.) coach John McKenna. "They were close to offering him and they wanted to see him in person work out. They told us if he did what he needed to do down there he'd come home with an offer. He had a good camp there."

Jenkins will head to Miami to play defensive tackle. He also held offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh, Massachusetts and Buffalo, but once the Hurricanes offered, it became an easy decision.

"(Assistant) coach (Mark) D'Onfrio is a great guy," McKenna said. "He developed a good relationship with him. Miami is Miami. He went down and loved the coaches, loved the facilities, and loved everything about it. He's always liked Miami, even before this."

Jenkins plays offensive guard and defensive tackle, and will head to Miami to play nose guard.

"He loves to compete," McKenna said. "I asked him the other day why he went to camps and combines all over the country. He was in California, did Nike, did a whole bunch of camps. He said, ‘Coach, I love to compete.' He gives 100 percent, has great feet, quick feet."

Jenkins spent his junior season at St. Anthony High (Jersey City, N.J.), but he transferred to DePaul when his family moved during the winter.

"Since he's been here, he's been with our strength training coach and he lost 15 to 20 pounds and got himself in better shape," McKenna said. "He's been working hard and even doing extra work on weekends. He's been working hard and doing what he needs to do to get in shape."

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