South Florida picked up their first verbal commitment of the year from defensive tackle Justin Jenkins from Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater. Jenkins, 6-1 and 285 pounds, committed to one of the USF assistant coaches last night and Head Coach Jim Leavitt just a short time ago.
"I committed to South Florida last night," said Jenkins. "I told coach (Earl) Lane I was committed to them. I told him I was committed and we talked about my role. He's a great man and a great guy. He makes you feel so welcomed and comfortable."
What else does the big d-tackle like about the Bulls?
"First it has to be their graduation rate. The graduate a high percentage of players. They are now in the Big East and we will have a chance to play for a BCS bid. That is huge. I love their facilities and they are on the verge of having a great team. I want to be a part of all of that."
Last season as a junior Jenkins recorded over 70 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and six sacks. He committed to South Florida over Florida (camp) and Georgia (camp).
"I camped at both UF and Georgia and Georgia was just too far away and I didn't get the same feeling with the Gators as I did the Bulls. It has been all USF for me for a long time."