Jenkins Goes 'Fridge' In Mississippi Bowl

Mississippi Gulf Coast College defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins is a former high school fullback and it was Mississippi Gulf Coast head coach Steve Campbell that saw tape of the jumbo runner and saw a player that could convert to defensive tackle.

But once converted doesn't mean you can't convert back temporarily. That is just what Jenkins did early in the fourth quarter of seventh-ranked Gulf Coast's battle with third-ranked Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College in Biloxi, Miss.

Jenkins, who is 6-4, 330 pounds, powered in a four-yard touchdown run to make the score 56-46 in favor of Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"I knew I had to get it in," said Jenkins. "Good players make big plays at the big time and I hauled it in. I knew coach would put me in on goal line or short yardage. We had done that last year against Coahoma and I broke free on a 40-yard run. I finished that game with four or five carries for 67 yards."

Jenkins also did his part on defense in the game although there were a bunch of points as Mississippi Gulf Coast won 62-53 to extend its season record to 10-2.

"It was a well fought game," said Jenkins of the Mississippi Bowl.

Jenkins said he is still committed to Oklahoma State but said the key right now is his mom.

"My mom is involved and she is waiting up in Connecticut for someone to come up and see her," he explained. "She has not seen any campuses or any coaches. My mom wants to know what is going on with my recruiting."

Jenkins said he was aware that the Oklahoma State coaches were planning to go to Connecticut later this week or next week. He said he has also heard lately from Auburn, Georgia, Arkansas, and Mississippi State.

Jenkins already visited OKlahoma State and that was when he made his commitment to the Cowboys. NCAA rules do not allow for the parent of a junior college athlete to be paid for an a campus visit, and Jenkins is a long way from his home in Gulfport, Miss., from Meriden, Conn.

He did say he is going to spend plenty of time with his mom and his family on the holiday break.

"Yes sir, I am going to be with my family and get away from football," said Jenkins, who told us he would update us if anything changed.

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