Versatile 'backer opens things back up

WITH SIGNING DAY fast approaching, so does the possibility for some movement here and there in a recruiting class. One of the visitors to Pullman this past weekend tells CF.C he had a great time, but he came into the trip having opened things back up…

Malik Jenkins out of Ennis, Texas (suburb of Dallas) says he called WSU defensive coordinator Mike Breske last week and let him know the he was opening up his recruitment.

"I decommitted from Washington State. I want to explore my options. I wasn't sure if I wanted to worry about my family coming to my games or not being able to see me play. Coach Leach asked me about it during my official visit this weekend and I told him I'm still not sure what I want to do yet," said Jenkins.

Although every WSU football game is now televised with the addition of the Pac-12 Networks, for Jenkins, distance is the main factor as to why he is no longer solid with the Cougs. Jenkins said he is in the process of scheduling trips to Houston and Rice in the last weeks before Signing Day on Feb. 6. Both schools have offered.

"Right now I'm talking to both of those schools because they would be a lot closer to home for me," Jenkins said. "I'm going to check them out and see how much I like them. The Rice coach called me over the weekend but I was at Washington State, so I'll probably call him soon to get something set up.

"I'm looking for a school that has that home feel to it. I felt that at Washington State this weekend. It's a college town and it's like a family. I'm hoping to see that during my other visits. If I don't see that with my other trips, then I'll see that maybe WSU is the school for me."

ALTHOUGH HE'S ACTIVELY looking at schools closer to home, Jenkins said the experience the players and coaches provided him at Washington State was memorable.

"It went really well for me," Jenkins said. "It was a lot different that I imagined it would be, but it was good. I liked the people around the town and I loved the campus. I'm also studying veterinary medicine in college and WSU has a good program for that. I talked with some advisors and I liked what they were telling me."

At 6-3, 210-pounds, Jenkins likely projects as either a BUCK or WIL linebacker for the Cougs. Regardless, Jenkins said he's open to play at anywhere on the field.

"The defensive coordinator Mike Breske told me I can play any of the linebacker positions," Jenkins said. "I can line up at the MIK, BUCK, WILL or SAM. The coaches like that I am quick and I can hit. I have great speed for my size, so I can really play at any spot. I like that about the Cougs. They think I can make a difference in more than one area."

Jenkins will make his final-final decision either on Signing Day, or a few days before, he said.

The Cougs have parted ways with safety Myron Turner, a prep source tells CF.C. Turner had not returned calls or texts at press time. The prep source, who asked not to be named, opined the 6-0, 175-pounder wasn't a great fit for the WSU defense and noted that the two coaches most responsible for his recruitment, Jeff Choate and Eric Morris, are no longer at Washington State.

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