Will Four-star DT get a Rutgers Offer?

Mississippi Gulf Coast junior college defensive tackle Johnathon Jenkins unofficially visited Rutgers on Saturday. He got a first-hand look at the defense, learned about the coaching staff and met defensive line coach Randy Melvin. But did the 6-foot-4, 340-pound four-star prospect pick up a Rutgers offer? Find out what he had to say about it, and what he learned while on his visit.

Four-star defensive tackle Johnathon Jenkins enjoyed his weekend visit to Rutgers, but whether or not the Scarlet Knights can offer the 6-foot-4, 340-pounder from Mississippi Gulf Coast junior college depends on a few slips of paper.

Jenkins needs to get his transcripts to Rutgers, and if everything meshes, an offer should be heading his way immediately.

"They really don't know what's going on until I give them my transcript,'' Jenkins said. "That was my fault. My coach was making copies and I forgot to get it back from him. I've got to fax them my transcript. They want to recruit me heavily, but they don't know if I can even get into school.

"They said as soon as they get my transcript and see what's going on, they'll be able to give me a scholarship offer.''

Jenkins, who prepped at Maloney High of Meriden, Conn., holds an offer from Oklahoma State, and is getting interest from a number of schools.

During spring break last week, he visited Connecticut on Thursday. Two days later he was at Rutgers to watch practice and meet the coaching staff, including defensive line coach Randy Melvin.

"The defensive line coach seemed like a real good coach,'' Jenkins said. "He wasn't letting them cut themselves short on anything. If he felt like they were giving poor effort, they had to do it again. That's nice. That was a good factor to me.

"I don't want anybody short-changing me on anything. If I feel like I give 100 percent but you feel I can give more, than that is good.''

Jenkins, who will begin his second season at Mississippi Gulf Coast in the fall, will have three years to play two once he arrives at a four-year school.

And he is feeling the urgency since he wants to make sure he fits into the landscape as soon as he arrives. He said the speed and effort given at Rutgers' practice was similar to the way his current team practices.

"If I'm going to a program, I want to see the pros and cons of everything,'' Jenkins said. "I look at technique, the speed, the coaching. If a guy has poor technique, is the coach going to correct him or not?

"I want to see how he coaches everything, like the first step, and see how he teaches them, and if he compares things, and how he wants them to react to certain things.''

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