Jenkins Talks About His Commitment

It was really kind of a whirlwind weekend for Jonathan Jenkins and when the 6-4, 343-pound defensive tackle dialed Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy on his cell phone on Monday morning after having seen Gundy less than 24 hours earlier it was after bouncing his plan to commit to the Cowboys off several folks that really count in his life.

"I did a lot of thinking on the way home," said Jenkins, who also has offers from the like of Mississippi, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas Tech and new interest from Penn State.

"I bounced it off my mom, my pops, and Coach (Steven) Campbell and the whole coaching staff here (at Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.). My mom always supports me and she said she really liked (OSU) from everything I had told her. She wants to come out here and check it out. She also said she wants to check out Ole Miss. My coaches told me they thought it was a great situation for me," he said.

Jenkins said it really came down to a feeling when asked why he actually picked up the phone and called Gundy, who along with defensive coordinator Bill Young and defensive end Richetti Jones (host) spent a lot of time with Jenkins on his visit.

"Some people said it would be emotion but this wasn't a lot of emotion," said Jenkins of his feeling. "I wasn't high on emotion and it wasn't too much of a big deal.

"My main vibe was that with the coaching staff and the players, everybody it felt like I knew them. You know on visits you really won't be all that interested in checking out the academics, but when I was talking to the guy in charge of academics, Terry (Henley), it was like I was having a reunion, like we knew each other all along. I felt that was with everybody, the coaching staff, players, everybody."

Jenkins said his phone has lit up today. "It's been ringing, email, facebook, text, all of it," he said.

Now back at Mississippi Gulf Coast, Jenkins, who will be able to sign on the junior college signing day in December and enroll in January, will get ready for a big game Saturday with Hinds Community College as Gulf Coast pushes toward the postseason.

The former wing-T fullback from Meriden, Conn, has 35 tackles this season including 26 unassisted with two tackles for loss and two sacks.

Jenkins is the 19th commitment for the Cowboys and the fourth junior college commitment, joining linebacker Alex Elkins of Blinn (Texas) C.C., defensive end Ryan Robinson of Jones County (Miss.) C.C., and offensive lineman Michael Bowie of Navarro (Texas) College.

The Cowboys likely are not through in the junior college ranks.

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