A hot commodity

Another ACC school has entered the picture for Ryan Jenkins from Marietta, Ga. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound wide receiver was offered by Clemson last summer where his older brother is playing. Since then Jenkins has received other offers from UCLA, Missouri, and Louisville. He got his fifth offer last Wednesday while speaking with Wake Forest's Lonnie Galloway.


"Coach Galloway told me he liked the fact the I can get in and out of my breaks quickly," said Ryan Jenkins. "He said I run good routes and showed good versatility playing inside and out. He wants me to come in a fill the role of Michael Campanaro, their slot receiver. I know a little bit about the program just from keeping up with college football. They have an up and coming team with a lot of potential."

Wake Forest is probably not the only college to pull the trigger on an offer to Jenkins. This past weekend at Atlanta's Nike Football Training Camp he was named Wide Receiver MVP Those interested should get on board, however, Jenkins plans on trimming his list soon.

"After spring practice I'm going to name my top five," Jenkins stated. "I'm hearing from Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, and USC. The school I probably hear from the most out of those is Alabama. I have a great relationship with Coach Kirby Smart. They're supposed to be coming to see me during spring practice.

"I want to go to a school that throws the ball. I'd like to be in a high octane offense where I can put up big numbers and make plays. Also I want to be comfortable with the coaching staff. After I narrow down my choices I'll visit the campuses then hopefully have my decision made by early July. I want to announce at The Opening in Oregon. It's going to be televised on ESPN2."

In addition to all of the football recruiting Jenkins just arrived at a new school. He was All-Region 6-AAAAA at Milton High School in Alpharetta as a junior. He made 25 receptions for 415 yards and five touchdowns in a run-oriented offense. Now living in Marietta, Jenkins is attending Lassiter High School.

"I've been here three weeks and ready to start spring practice next Wednesday," said Jenkins on his new location. "I'm getting into a good groove with [quarterback] Eddie Printz. We run a Tony Franklin-style offense [at Lassister], so there's going to be a lot of passing which I'm very excited about. I think I'm going to fit in well here. I didn't have any individual goals for next season. I just want to help the team win a state championship."

Ryan Jenkins' father, Lee, played defensive back at Tennessee from 1979-1983 and then played one season in the NFL with the New York Giants. He says the family ties at Clemson and Tennessee won't play factor in his decision. Making numerous visits to Memorial Stadium to watch his older brother could go a long way in helping the Tigers cause, but at this point he's "taking it all in."

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