JUCO DT to Visit Rutgers this Weekend

Johnathon Jenkins is home from Mississippi Gulf Coast junior college for spring break, and the four-star defensive tackle will take in Saturday's practice at Rutgers before heading back to school for the start of his own spring practice. The 6-foot-4, 350-pound Jenkins holds one offer, and talks about who else could be sending one his way. Find out where he stands with Rutgers, and his plans.

Mississippi Gulf Coast (Perkinston, Miss.) defensive tackle Johnathon Jenkins returned to his Meriden, Conn., home for spring break, but not to relax.

The four-star standout is going to visit a pair of schools recruiting him, including a Saturday trip to Rutgers, one of the schools after Jenkins the hardest.

"Rutgers is saying they want me to come down, and to bring my transcript, and they really want me to play for them,'' Jenkins said. "(Assistant) coach Phil (Galiano) says for me to come down there, they're really interested and they want me to play there. They want me.''

After playing at Mississippi Gulf Coast last season, and with one more season ahead before an expected December graduation, Jenkins thought about the idea of playing at Rutgers, which is 2 ½ hours from his home.

"I really like that,'' he said. "It's close to my house. I can get in contact with my family a lot easier and they could see me (more) often than if I went somewhere else. But at the same time, I'm still not trying to rush into anything.''

Rutgers first saw Jenkins at a camp in the summer of 2008, and kept tabs on him. He said his lone written offer is from Oklahoma State, but more could if transcripts are in order. Jenkins said after a poor first semester, due in part to some financial aid at the junior college, he is doing well and should still graduate early.

Jenkins is visiting Connecticut on Thursday, is also getting strong interest from Texas Tech, Ole Miss and Tulsa, and received letters from USC.

"I don't know how interested Connecticut is, but they want me to come to their campus,'' Jenkins said. "Texas Tech said they want to offer me as soon as they see my highlight tape. Tulsa is also interested. I just know as soon as spring football comes (Monday), coaches say they are going to come down and watch me.''

Jenkins acknowledged the Oklahoma State offer came out of nowhere.

"I'm kind of surprised and overwhelmed at the same time just for the fact that it's a big conference,'' he said. "They saw my highlight tape. I'm just overwhelmed. I'm blessed for it, but I'm overwhelmed.

"I've been doing some recent homework, and the program is legit. The defense, I watched from previous years, they've got a good squad. They're organized.''

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