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.