Centennial speedster Jenkins slows for offers

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Martin Jenkins may be one of the fastest recruits in the Class of 2010, but even he can’t outrun a groin pull. Maybe that’s how Middle Tennessee State caught up with him Thursday.

The 5-foot-9, 168-pound Centennial cornerback got his fourth scholarship offer from the Blue Raiders, joining Syracuse, Toledo and Western Carolina. He’s waiting to see if some of the ACC and SEC schools that have expressed serious interest in him — Florida, Wake Forest, Ole Miss and Duke — decide to follow up with a scholarship.

“I would really love that,” Jenkins told the AJC.

His father, Lee Jenkins, who played for Johnny Majors at Tennessee and for Bill Parcells with the New York Giants, would love that, too. Especially Tennessee.

“I don’t put any pressure on him, but I do wear orange around the house all the time,” the father said. “I bought him some orange underwear. Just a subtle hint. Florida is a cuss word around here, but when it comes to your kid getting in college, you put your alliances down and you want what’s best for your kid.”

Martin Jenkins has had to postpone visits to Georgia, Tennessee and Georgia Southern because of the groin pull. “I couldn’t explode like I normally do,” he said. “I couldn’t run.”

When he can run, his times have been better than noteworthy speed merchants such as Washington High’s Branden Smith, South Paulding’s Ryan Ayers and Southwest DeKalb’s Jonathan Mincy. He does the 40-yard dash in 4.3.

Nevertheless, the younger Jenkins expects to be healed in time for camps at Wake Forest (July 12), Florida (July 24) and Ole Miss (July 28). He’ll try to showcase his speed and versatility, which have been strong selling points with the schools showing interest.

13 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

June 12th, 2009
11:29 am

I love tickle piles. 45-42 hahahahahahahaha

H OBAMA

June 12th, 2009
11:51 am

your defense gave up 42 points your team is bragging how pathetic simple simon michelle could score on you you will be taxed for this your team needs a lsu stimulus package

H OBAMA

June 12th, 2009
11:53 am

first two posts are lame i apoligize for referencing your post mr simple simon

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 12th, 2009
12:44 pm

5-9 are you kidding me? 6-0 to 6-5 receivers will eat his lunch unless it is a bad low thrown ball. Good Luck young man but Big Time ball ain’t your best bet. Prove yourself in the little leagues like Jesse Tuggle or Jerry Rice did.

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 12th, 2009
12:52 pm

Ha Ha Obama our 3 star players gave up 42 points to your 5 star players and your 2 first round NFL draft picks. I think that is Stimulus enough. Do better this year Buttdog. PS this is about a young man getting a Scholly or lack there of so stay on point people.

Brent Cunningham

June 12th, 2009
1:33 pm

The Fulton County DA, just issue a warrant for Roddy Jones. Apparently there is video of him abusing dogs. I wonder if they’ll send a georgia grad to “catch” him.

m

June 12th, 2009
1:51 pm

piss on and brent, will you be at my tickle pile party at piedmont tonight?

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 12th, 2009
2:00 pm

m HAHAHAHA yes. do you take a 16 ga. up your bullDawg? I just want to see you explode all over yourself. hhahaha!

Dawg Mess

June 12th, 2009
3:08 pm

Eight comments, all from Tech fans, about young football recruit and not an intelligent line in any of them. Tell us again how classy y’all are!

m

June 12th, 2009
3:41 pm

Sweet pisson. Are you bringing your boyfriend Brent?

Yellowblood

June 15th, 2009
7:27 am

I am comming out of the closet!!! Im a flaming gay uGay fan and proud to be a bulldawg…

This 45-42 stuff is beginning to hurt my feelings and make me cry…I think I need to call CMR for some reassurance of my man, oops, womenhood and see if he will pat me on the behind again…

Awww Yeah

June 15th, 2009
11:34 am

I would rather shoot myself than use the word Scholly.

blufftondawg

June 15th, 2009
1:59 pm

If Tech has a bad season and they will shut up and go back under their rocks