Jordan Jenkins talks Tennessee camp
"It went pretty well," Jordan Jenkins said of the camp. "I went undefeated one-on-one. Coach [Justin] Wilcox and Coach [Lance] Thompson worked us hard. They pushed us to the breaking point. Overall it was a great experience. My teammate, Jay Ellison (also a defensive lineman), had a great camp. He was undefeated as well. I expect him to get a Tennessee offer very soon."
Jenkins, a 6-foot-3, 246-pound, defensive end, is planning to camp at Auburn, Georgia Tech, Alabama, UGA, and Florida'S Friday Night Lights camp during the summer. Recently, Jenkins stated these six schools were the main ones in contention for his signature.
"In no particular order, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee are his top four," said Ronald Jenkins, Jordan's father. "Just slightly behind those are Auburn and Georgia Tech."
Jenkins, who is currently only 16 years old, has an older sister, Aysha, who just graduated Harris County High School. They are looking at schools together with the intent of attending the same university.
"We take the whole family," said Ronald Jenkins on the college visits. "This was our fifth time at Tennessee. It will be our fifth time at UGA, Georgia Tech, Alabama, and Auburn. We're all very high on Tennessee. We like Coach Dooley and Coach Wilcox, the defensive coordinator. It was a great visit. Jordan worked with some players after the camp on a Habitat for Humanity house and toured the college campus. We really enjoyed it."
Ronald Jenkins reported Jordan had the highest vertical leap and fastest 40 time at the UT camp. Jordan also came away excited with the camp and time spent with the Vol staff.
"I like all of the opportunities Tennessee has to offer," Jordan Jenkins said. "I think I could come in and play a good bit as a freshman. I really like Coach Thompson [the defensive line coach] and how his guys play as a unit."
Jenkins will play in the 2012 Under Amour All-American game in January. Although he's narrowing down his list, it may be awhile before his final decision is made.
"I'll probably decide in January or February," said Jenkins. "I'd like to compete for a starting spot as a freshman, so I'm looking at the depth chart. The relationship I have with the coaches is also going to be a big factor. If I have an opportunity to play with one of my high school teammates that could carry some weight as well in my decision."
Jenkins is coming off an outstanding junior season where he made 89 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.
"I did a better job reacting faster and getting to the ball carrier," Jenkins said on his junior season. "I recognized plays like screen passes more consistently, and made better use of my hands. This year my goal is to lead the team in sacks and make over 100 tackles."
When visiting campuses, Aysha usually inquires about athletic trainer positions within the athletic department. That is something she hopes to pursue in college, while Jordan is interested in an Engineering degree. He wears No. 90 one more season for the Harris County Tigers from Hamilton, Ga. close to the city of Columbus.
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