Centennial’s Jenkins accepts Clemson scholarship offer

Martin Jenkins said the Clemson Tigers had him at “we offer.”

Jenkins, the speedy cornerback from Roswell’s Centennial High School, officially accepted a scholarship offer from Clemson in a phone call to head coach Dabo Swinney Monday night. But he unofficially was a Tiger five minutes after he got the initial offer from defensive coordinator Kevin Steele last Thursday.

“I kind of made my decision right then,” Jenkins said. “Clemson has always been on top of my list. I’ve loved that school a long time. Now I’m a Tiger.”

Jenkins only recently started to draw interest from several other ACC and SEC schools. He was invited to and attended Florida’s Friday Night Lights elite camp this past weekend and received recent overtures from Ole Miss and North Carolina. His only other firm offers before that were from Syracuse, Toledo, Middle Tennessee and Western Carolina.

The only reason Jenkins didn’t accept Clemson’s offer earlier was Florida’s invitation to campus. When the Gators didn’t come forth with an offer Jenkins knew what he wanted to do.

“Coach Swinney said I made a good decision,” he said. “It feels very good to know it’s done.”

Jenkins’ speed is what attracted the attention of the Tigers and other teams. He has been clocked at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash and finished fourth in Class AAAAA in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in the state track and field finals this past spring. That got Jenkins invited to summer camps at Georgia and Ole Miss. He was unable to attend due to a groin injury, however. He was supposed to attend a Rebels’ camp this past Saturday but passed it up to attend the Florida event.

12 comments Add your comment

saint simons

July 28th, 2009
7:26 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahaha


July 28th, 2009
7:50 am

From one Tech fan to another, shut up ! This has nothing to do with last year’s UGA game.

Chip Towers

July 28th, 2009
7:54 am

Thank you, Buzz. . . . Perhaps you could engage St. Simons in some recruiting discussions, like whether or not the Jackets will sign a quarterback in this class.

GA Tech Insider

July 28th, 2009
8:45 am


My understanding is that GA Tech is looking at signing three out of the four potential categories (with probably the O-Lineman as the last option):

1) Linebacker
2) Defensive End
3) Quarterback
4) Offensive Lineman

I also understand that out of that group, only one may come out of the State of GA, at least right now.

Dawgie Style

July 28th, 2009
8:47 am

Hey St Simons 7 out of 8 with one being 51-7 …NOW THATS FUNNY..HA HA HA HA HA HA HA….WE OWN YOU.HA HA HA HA HA HA HA..

GA Tech Insider

July 28th, 2009
8:54 am

By the way, best of luck to Martin, except when he plays the Jackets of course! I’m sure his parents are awfully proud of him.

saint augustine

July 28th, 2009
9:18 am

((( 49 10 ))) hahaha


July 28th, 2009
1:56 pm

Clemson is a beautiful place and nice town. It is the ACC’s Auburn to the north with a lake. Have fun young man and have a great career just not when you play Ga. Tech.


July 28th, 2009
5:45 pm

saint simons you are a&&hole


July 28th, 2009
5:46 pm

saint augustine you are a a&&hole


July 28th, 2009
5:51 pm

Good luck Martin, I’m sure you will enjoy your college experiance.

Ike Washington

July 30th, 2009
2:54 pm

Martin Jenkins is a chop off the old block. His father Lee played QB for Therrell High & defensive back for Tennessee Vols. He was fast too.