Gulf Coast's Jenkins is a big-time recruit

One of the top JUCO players, regardless of position, in the entire country this year is Mississippi Gulf Coast DT Johnathon Jenkins (6-4, 340). While he mans the nose tackle spot for the Bulldogs, he's got the quickness and athleticism to dominate from either tackle position and he told recently he already knows what he's looking for in the school he eventually will commit to…

"First off, I'm looking at depth charts," Jenkins said matter-of-factly to "I mean, I don't expect someone just to hand me a spot as a starter, but I want a legitimate chance to start and compete for playing time.

"Second, I want to play against the best competition I can so that I can be challenged every game. I want to play at the highest level I can.

"I play the nose tackle position here, but I can play the three-tech or the under tackle spot. It really doesn't matter to me. I just like playing ball."

Jenkins prepped at Maloney (Ct.) High School and made the trek south to play JUCO football after he figured out he wasn't going to qualify for a D-1 scholarship.

"I was getting recruited my sophomore year already and then I tore the Meniscus in my right knee and didn't play as a junior," Jenkins recalled. "I wasn't able to get good enough test scores to qualify, so I decide to play down here in the south because they have such great football programs down here.

"Getting used to living down here was strange. I mean, in the city you have things you take for granted because when you get out of the city, that same stuff isn't there. Like, I could walk down to the corner store whenever I wanted to, but you can't really do that here. It's just the small stuff really. I like my choice though; I'm glad I'm here."

Recruiting has been off-the-charts for the talented defensive line prospect as 10 scholarships have already rolled in and a couple more could be on the way.

"Right now I have offers from Texas Tech, UAB, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Houston, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Iowa State," Jenkins said. "Tulsa and Alabama look like they could be close to offering too, but they haven't just yet.

"I'm not close to deciding though. I want to take my visits and really get to know the coaches and their programs well before I decide."

Jenkins is on pace to graduate with his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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