Similarities and Ties

Although they are separated by hundreds of miles, cornerback commitment Brodrick Jenkins has a lot in common with another recent West Virginia football pledge.

They are both smaller players on a field dotted with giants. They depend on speed, elusiveness and a not inconsiderable amount of grit. They forged great bonds with the same set of players and coaches on their recruiting visit. Thus, even though Brodrick Jenkins and Tavon Austin don't hail from the same area of the country, they each had very similar visits to WVU, and the results led both to pledge to the Mountaineers this week.

For Jenkins, the first link was strong player tie.

"Noel Devine was my host on my visit, and we have known each other for a while," Jenkins told BlueGoldNews.com. "So, we didn't have to worry about any bad vibes or anything like that. I had a good visit right from the start, because I know him so well."

From there, it was a short step to including two other WVU players that aren't gifted with great height, but use similar skills to those that Jenkins employs.

"We hung out with Jock Sanders and Brandon Hogan, and we had a good time," Jenkins noted. "We talked a lot, and I just felt it was the right time to make my commitment. I feel really close to them and to the other players and the coaches. I've said it before, but it is like a home away from home for me. I am really happy with the decision."

Jenkins, who noted that the decision puts a stop to any other visit plans, said he is solid with his decision. That also mirrors his academic standing, which he describes as "already done".

"I'm qualified," he said of his status. "I'm planning on majoring in accounting or finance or something in that field. I have always been good at math, and those are classes I want to take. I've already taken an accounting course in high school, and I really liked that."

A star two-way player in high school, Jenkins will begin his West Virginia career at cornerback.

"I'm fine with that. In fact, I'm more than happy with that," he reported. "I know there is a chance for some playing time there, and the chance to come in and compete early was a factor in my decision."

So too was West Virginia's history with Florida players. WVU assistant Doc Holliday began the pipeline to the south during his first stint on the Mountaineer staff more than 20 years ago, and he has done a masterful job in repairing and widening that conduit just one year into his second go-round. WVU has seven commits on its current list who hail from his recruiting area.

"I know about the Florida players going to West Virginia. That was part of my decision too. I know Noel and what he has done there."

With recruiting out of the way, Jenkins will concentrate on track, where he runs the 110m hurdles and participates on the 4x100 relay team.

"I want to well there, but I'll also be working and getting stronger for this summer," he said.


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