The whirlwind recruitment of junior college star John Jenkins just got a new boost of momentum.
Jenkins, a 6-foot-4, 340-pound nose guard from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, officially de-committed from Oklahoma State this week. Not that he’d been very committed before that. Georgia has been in hot pursuit of the hole-plugging nose guard for months. The Bulldogs made in-home visits both last month and this one and will host Jenkins on an official visit Jan. 21.
Meanwhile, Auburn, Florida and Miami have also been in contact with Jenkins and have made him a recruiting priority.
So it wasn’t much of a surprise when Jenkins backed off an October commitment to Oklahoma State when the Cowboys came to visit him in Connecticut recently.
“They said they felt like I wasn’t committed to them anymore; that’s the way the conversation started,” Jenkins said of Oklahoma State. “It ended up with me saying I had to do what I had to do and I’d let them know.”
The Cowboys aren’t likely waiting by the phone. They recently got a commitment from another junior college nose guard, Maurice Hayes (6-4, 325) of Bakersfield, Calif. Meanwhile, Jenkins will be taking officials visits to Miami (this weekend) and Florida (Jan. 28) in addition to Georgia.
Jenkins calls Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Miami his top four. He insists there is no leader at this point, but he speaks very highly of the Bulldogs.
“I do my homework,” he said.” I know from that and from recruiting visits they need help in the middle. I want to be that missing link they’re looking for. That definitely helps them.”
The past weekend Jenkins hosted head coach Mark Richt, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and defensive line coach Rodney Garner in his Meriden, Conn., home.
“It was a great visit,” said Jenkins, who was back in Gulfport, Miss., Tuesday. “It was the second time they’ve been up there but the first time with Coach Richt.
Jenkins said he is no longer considering Ole Miss or Mississippi State. Florida is the newest player in the Jenkins’ sweepstakes.
“I just decided that this week,” Jenkins said. “I want to finish up my visits, talk it over with my family and then hopefully I’ll be ready to make a decision.”
College Recruiting By Chip Towers