Five Standing Out to Top JuCo OLB

Pierce (Los Angeles) JuCo outside linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore holds double digit scholarship offers from BCS programs. Trying to hone in on his future home, Jenkins-Moore has an early top five. Which BCS programs are standing out to the 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker?

Distance is not a factor for Pierce (Los Angeles) JuCo linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore in his recruitment. Growing up in Kentucky and spending time in Arkansas, Jenkins-Moore has already been on football teams in three different states.

For the 6-foot-3, 215-pound outside linebacker with 12 scholarship offers, whichever school recruits him the hardest will likely end up signing him, he said.

"[Distance] is not really important," Jenkins-Moore said. "It's whatever. I'm just looking for a place that's best for me. I want a family environment wherever I go, somewhere comfortable where I can play, somewhere where they really want me."

Jenkins-Moore has not eliminated any schools and is hoping to hear from more, but has an early top five standing out.

"Rutgers, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Arkansas and Kansas are showing the most interest," Jenkins-Moore. "That's my top five right now. Purdue is also talking to me a lot."

Jenkins-Moore admitted that his knowledge of the Rutgers program, specifically in the last three years, is limited, but that he is considering an official visit to campus.

Growing up a fan of Louisville, his strongest memory of Rutgers came when the Scarlet Knights dropped the undefeated Cardinals in 2006 behind a last-minute field goal from Jeremy Ito. "I don't know a ton about Rutgers, but I'm learning about them," Jenkins-Moore said. "I see them when they played Louisville and whatnot. They beat Louisville when Louisville was going to go to the championship game. Rutgers beat them and kept them out. I was a Louisville fan then, but it is what it is now.

"I've been hearing from them a lot. They're letting me know they're really interested in what I can bring. It's an honor."

Louisville has not shown Jenkins-Moore interest as a recruit, so the chance to go to a Big East school and play against them is enticing, he said.

"I would love it," he said. "It would be a reward for me. It's not personal or anything. But playing against Louisville, I could show them they missed out."

Jenkins-Moore has no formal recruiting plans, but wants to either significantly cut down or decide before his sophomore season at Pierce. He will have three years to play two at the college level.

"I'm going to wait until the right time," he said. "I don't want to make a fast decision or anything. I'm going to look at all of the schools and maybe be down to three or five before the season and take it from there."


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