Wis. receiver has one offer

Racine Park's Diondre Jenkins, an athletic class of 2006 prospect, has two favorites

Diondre Jenkins is enjoying a more productive season than he envisioned heading into this season, and college recruiters are beginning to take notice.

Jenkins, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound class of 2006 wide receiver prospect at Racine (Wis.) Park, has a scholarship offer from Northern Illinois. He is also receiving interest from Big Ten programs Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State, in addition to North Dakota and North Dakota State.

As a junior last year, Jenkins had 18 receptions for 325 yards and four touchdowns, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Park is passing the ball more frequently this season, however, and Jenkins is reaping the benefits, surpassing last year's totals in just seven games. He has 21 catches for 428 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

"I wasn't expecting to have this type of a season, after what happened last year," Jenkins said. "I mean I've already passed everything I did last year. So it's been a pretty good season so far."

Jenkins said that colleges began recruiting him after his junior season, but that it has picked up steam this fall.

"I visited Northern Illinois' campus say two or three weeks ago," Jenkins said. "And during the summer I was up in Wisconsin" for a one-day camp.

Jenkins said his two favorites are Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. He grew up a Badger fan.

"I really did like Northern Illinois when I visited," Jenkins said. "I got to know their receivers coach and the coaches real well and the recruiter. I talk to him once a week. I got a good vibe.

"And Wisconsin. I've been up there a lot during the summer. I would like to go there. They have a nice track program and a pretty good football program."

Jenkins plans to compete in track and football in college. He won a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 state championship in the 400 meters last spring, completing the distance in 49.36 seconds. Jenkins also runs the 200, with a personal best of 22.6 seconds, and the 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relays.

At the Badger football camp he attended early this summer, Jenkins posted 4.6-second 40-yard dash. He said his personal best is a 4.54. He reported a 185-pound bench press and 345-pound squat.

Jenkins has been a varsity track athlete since his freshman year and a center on Park's varsity basketball team since his sophomore year. He actually came to high school expecting hoops to be his primary athletic focus, but football and track have both superseded basketball.

On the gridiron this fall, Jenkins has caught three touchdowns in a game twice for a Park squad that boasts a 6-1 record after going 3-6 in 2004. The Panthers are No. 4 in the latest Associated Press Division 1 state rankings.

"We had basically the same team, but we have a lot of senior leadership this year, a lot more than we had last year," Jenkins said. "And everybody's just coming together."

Park also boasts John Clay, one of the best running backs in the Midwest for the class of 2007.

"We always joke around about going to Wisconsin together ‘cause usually when I go up there we go up there together for the camps…

"We talked about Wisconsin a lot, but he has a lot more looks, but that's probably been the main thing that we've both talked about is going to Wisconsin together."

Jenkins has not made any plans regarding official visits yet. He is scheduled to take the ACT Oct. 22 and wants to complete that test before concerning himself with scheduling any more campus trips.

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