Player Spotlight: Calvin Jenkins

Calvin Jenkins knows the importance of family, making good grades, and making right choices. Jenkins' parents, Calvin and Stephanie, instilled in their youngest son to always do his best and never go for anything less. And that is what he has done.

Jenkins has committed to South Alabama where he looks forward to stepping out on that field at the start of next football season. Ever since he was a little boy, he has dreamed of playing football.

"Family is very important to me," stated Calvin Jenkins. "Without family, it is not the same. But it's not all about football. Making good grades and good choices are just as important." Jenkins told us that it all started with his basketball coach, Coach Tolbert.

"My basketball coach taught me that sports can only take you so far, and without your grades you really can't do anything," Jenkins said.

Name: Calvin Jenkins
Class: 12th
Position: Quarterback
High School: Auburn High School
Home Town: Auburn, AL
Ht: 6-foot
Wt: 190
Forty: 4.6
Bench Max: 230
Squat Max: 380
Power Clean: 250

Schools of Interest: Marshall, Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern & South Alabama. (committed to South Alabama).

How many years have you been playing football:
"10 years."

What do you like most about football:
"Being the leader on the field. I like the atmosphere of the football and being around the teammates."

How does football help prepare you for life:
"It is not all about football. They make us do things that prepare us for later on in life, like becoming a man. They help us to have more responsibility for ourselves and challenge us every day."

Finish this sentence: It is important to show character on and off the field because:
"Everyone is watching you. They watch every move to see what your going to do next. You have to make that good impression."

What coach has had the greatest impact on your life and why:
"Coach Williams. He has taught me a lot about the game. He helps me in school whenever I need help. He is just a great coach. It is not all about football. He wants me to be a great person in life. To get my grades, and do whatever I have to do to be successful."

What methods from coaches help motivate you for the game on Friday night:
"They challenge me to, Lead the Troops."

How do you motivate yourself, day in and day out, to work hard in the weight room and on the field during practice:
"I just know that every day I have to get better. Because the other team from the other school is doing the same thing. I have to prepare myself to be the best. I have to be the best player that I can be on the field at all times."

In the classroom, how important is it to give 100 percent and why:
"Very important, because without your grades you can't do anything. So you have to give 100 percent in the classroom. I always hear they can never take your grades away from you, but they can always take your football away. It's not all about football."

Kids look up to you every day. What do you want them to see most in your life:
"The ideal kid. Someone who is always trying to be the best at whatever he does."

After a practice and after a game on Friday night, what image do you want to portray to others:
"I want them to see me as a good kid and always happy and never show he is feared by anything. Just happy all the time."

How important is it to you to portray that same image on Saturday nights:
"Very important, because being the quarterback, everyone is always watching. You have to show good leadership and lead everyone in the right direction. Because everyone follows suit."

What is your greatest memory while playing high school football thus far:
"Starting my 10th grade year."

Your team's greatest rival:

What is your true goal in life:
"Being able to support my family when that time comes and to always have a back-up plan. Not to make my main goal football, but go to college and get good grades and to own my own business one day."

What do you want to accomplish before you enter college:
"A state championship ring."

A true champion is:
"Someone who is always dedicated. And gives 100 percent every day."

Shea Lowery is the Director of Quinn's Ranch Children's Home.
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