His participation in Saturday's junior day did nothing to change that fact, and if anything, the 225-pound defensive end from Harris High School in Georgia is liking UT more than ever.
Jenkins experienced Neyland Stadium for the first time during last year's Orange and White game but he had never been able to see the stadium from anywhere but the stands until Saturday.
"The view up top [in the luxury boxes] is beautiful," Jenkins said. "And the feeling I got down on the field was great, really tough to match."
Though Jenkins is impressed by stadium and the facilities—especially the planned practice facility and recently renovated weight room—what he likes most is head coach Derek Dooley's style of coaching.
What does he like so much about Dooley?
"Just how in depth and how much of a player's [he] is," Jenkins said. "He doesn't want to just make us better football players—he wants to teach us how to buy a car, how to buy a house."
Even though every coach says the right things during the recruiting process, Jenkins has no doubt that Dooley means what he says.
"It's hard to put into words," Jenkins said. "It's just a certain feeling you get about a person, I know he's telling the truth.
"I know [after talking to Dooley this weekend] that he really cares about the players."
The most important new information he comes away with from junior day is a better understanding of Tennessee's defense, thanks to his conversations with Justin Wilcox and Lance Thompson.
"The defensive line is one of the key components to the Tennessee defense," Jenkins said. "That means a lot to me."