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.