Jenkins Expecting "Big Things"

Like many recruits this time of year, running back prospect Daniel Jenkins from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, has a number of offers, but is a bit greedy for some more, and is looking toward the beginning of his senior season to elicit them...

In the final weeks leading up to his senior season, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde running back Daniel Jenkins (5-10, 185) still has four scholarship offers.

"I've got the offers from Arizona, Washington State, Nevada and New Mexico, but no new offers," said Jenkins. "I'm expecting big things, though, with the start of the season."

Big things?

Jenkins elaborated: "I've been talking with Syracuse and Washington and they want to see what I can do the first few games. And I still talk with Coach (Wayne) Moses at UCLA, and they're keeping a status on me. They just want to see me play this year. He speaks with my dad through email a lot."

In June, Jenkins attended the UCLA's 3-Day Camp for one day, and it drew some positive reviews. He feels like UCLA knows what he can do and is willing to wait through the first few games.

"That was the only college camp I went to and it was great," said Jenkins. "All of the coaching staff and everyone there said I was doing all kinds of crazy things. It was a lot of fun. They've gotten an evaluation of me and it's in their hands now. I don't mind waiting, but I'm going to be also looking at other schools."

Those other schools include those who have offered, plus Syracuse and Washington, as well as Missouri, who showed some serious interest in him early on in the process.

"Missouri just emailed me the other day. Everything is like with the others, they want to see the first couple games," said Jenkins. "They're recruiting my boy Michael Snaer (basketball prospect who attends the same school) and we talked about that before. He heard Missouri was looking at me. He already has the offer from them. We're cool with each other. We go to each other's game. It's like a big family up there."

Despite the offers and other suitors, Jenkins doesn't have a leader. "Everyone is pretty even, no one is sticking out," said Jenkins. "I'm the most serious about the four schools who've offered because that's a big step to take, to offer a kid off his junior tape. That means a lot to me. I'm hoping for some SEC or some ACC action, but if not, I'll work with what I've got."

He would like to take some official visits come fall, and hopes to begin scheduling those. "I've been talking with all of the schools that I've been in contact with and we want to begin setting up official visits soon," said Jenkins. "I'll hopefully have something probably mid-August."

During the summer, Jenkins and his Rancho Verde teammates participated in several passing league tournaments, including one match-up with Corona Centennial, in which the smaller Jenkins went toe-to-toe with the nation's top middle linebacker, Vontaze Burfict. The two exchanged words, but Jenkins showed he had some fight in him despite the size disadvantage. Jenkins said, "He's a great player, but he was giving our players some shots and tried it on me so I suggested he might want to calm down. It's all competition and it got heated, and we were cool when it was done. But I'll never back down from a linebacker."

Jenkins is hoping his infectious work ethic and drive will rub off on his teammates. "We're still working out and we're not taking a day off. With me being a senior, it's time for me to step up and lead. Week zero, we have Fremont of Los Angeles coming out, so we want to be ready," said Jenkins.

During his junior season, Jenkins rushed for nearly 1,200 yards on only 79 carries and scored 26 touchdowns.

Academically, he is carrying a 2.9 GPA and scored a 1280 on the SAT.


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