New Jersey's Jenkins Ponders Final Three Choices

Piscataway (N.J.) Township cornerback prospect <b>Malcolm Jenkins</b> said he figures to decide within the next several weeks. Rutgers, Ohio State and Virginia Tech are among his final three college choices.

If Piscataway (N.J.) Township High School defensive back Malcolm Jenkins ends up at Ohio State, he will be able to point back to a successful showing at the school's summer football camp.

Jenkins' 4.43-second 40-yard time was one of the fastest during that second four-day camp session at OSU, rivalring Cleveland Glenville's Freddie Lenix -- one of the state's top sprinters -- for top honors. He also displayed a 31-inch vertical leap at the OSU camp.

Jenkins said he has narrowed his college choices down to three schools -- Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Rutgers, which is located in his hometown of Piscataway.

"It is one of the strong points for Rutgers that I would be able to play here at home, basically," Jenkins said. "That would be a good thing. But I don't think that's the biggest factor in my decision.

"I also liked the campus at Virginia Tech. Their business school is also really good and I like where their program is headed."

Jenkins, who also had offers from Syracuse and Indiana, would like to get his college choice out of the way sooner rather than later.

"I think I'm pretty close," he said. "I want to try and make a decision before my season starts. I think a few weeks before the season I will narrow it down even more. My first game is Sept. 17. I'm pretty sure I want to have this done by late August."

As a junior, Jenkins split time between wide receiver and cornerback. On defense, he had 26 solo tackles and eight interceptions. One of those picks he returned 80 yards for a score. Offensively, he had 17 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown. He also returns punts and kicks, bringing a kick back for a score.

"I think the biggest thing for me is my ability to learn and the technique I use in man-to-man coverage," Jenkins said. "I think I'm good at man-to-man coverage and the bump-and-run. I'm aggressive and I have the ability to recover and stay with the receiver. I want to get stronger and I'd like to work on my cover skills too."

Jenkins holds a 3.2 GPA and scored a 980 on the SAT. He is ranked as New Jersey's No. 26 senior prospect this year by TheInsidersRecruiting.com.

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