UGA targets Drew, Jenkins bond in Miami, talk about playing together (updated)

Very few people know where Ray Drew is going to go to college, but John Jenkins claims he does.

The duo hit it off in Miami this past weekend. Drew, a five-star defensive end from Thomas County Central, and Jenkins, a 6-4, 340-pound noseguard at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, both just happened to be on official visits at the University of Miami this weekend.

Despite having not met previously, the two highly-sought-after prospects — who each have Auburn, Georgia and Miami among their finalists — ended up spending the majority of their time together in Coral Gables. Jenkins said they discussed at length the possibility of playing together in college.

“He and I really clicked,” said Jenkins, back at school in Gulfport, Miss., Monday. “He knew about me when I got down there and we just ended up hanging out together and talking a lot. He was just saying how he’d like to play where I play at. He said he wanted to be where I was playing nose so he can make some plays. We were talking about playing playing on the same line.”

Drew lists Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Miami as finalists. Jenkins said he will decide between Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Miami. He will have visited Miami, UGA and Florida on consecutive weekends before national signing day (he visited Auburn in December).

I asked Jenkins if Drew was trying to recruit him toward any one school in particular.

“It wasn’t like that, but I do know where he’s going to go,” said Jenkins, who will be visiting UGA this weekend. “I don’t want to reveal his situation or anything like that, but he knows what he’s going to do. He took me aside and told me his thing.”

Drew said he likes Jenkins both personally and as a football player.

“When you’ve got a four-man front with four down linemen, you’ve got to have two big men that can flush everything to the outside and guys on the outside that can push everything inside,” Drew said. “We were talking about how we could help each other out that way. I need to find another big D-tackle.”

Don’t count out Miami as a possible destination. He said he was “blown away” by the Hurricanes on his visit.

“It was beautiful,” he said. “The hotel I was in had this big balcony. So when I woke up in the morning, I looked to right and there was the ocean, I looked to my left and there was the city and straight ahead was South Beach. Pretty nice.”

He was also impressed with new coach Al Golden. “He seems like a very driven, high-energy guy,” Drew said. “He wants to get Miami back to where they used to be.”

I asked Drew about his sudden interest in Miami, which he previously had not listed among his finalists.

“Miami has always been a school that I’ve looked at; I just never really said anything about it,” said the 6-foot-5, 250-pound U.S. Army All-American. “It’s been in the process for a while. The majority of my father’s family lives in the Miami area, so it’s a place where I feel like I could feel at home.”

Drew now has taken official visits to Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Miami. He has an official visit planned for Clemson this weekend. It’s his fifth and final official.

Even if Drew does know where he’s going to sign, he said he’s not about to announce it anytime soon.

“If not signing day then a few days before,” he said.

For what it’s worth, Drew did tell me he plans to attend the announcements of fellow AJC Fab 50 members Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome in Valdosta this Thursday.

“I plan on being there,” he said. “I know those guys and I’m just interested in seeing where they go like everybody else.”

Meanwhile, Jenkins came away from his Miami trip impressed.

“It was a cool weekend,” he said. “I got to meet the coaches and got a chance to see what they had in mind in terms of a plan for me. And I had a chance to see the city, which was great. The weather was beautiful.”

Asked what he expected from his visit to Georgia this coming weekend, Jenkins said, “I’m just expecting to see how well I fit in around there. I’m just going to see what my family thinks and see if they see what I see. I don’t have any high expectations. I just want to go in on an even keel and absorb everything and see what turns out.”

College Recruiting By Chip Towers

376 comments Add your comment

rincon dawg

January 17th, 2011
3:56 pm

bigtime

January 17th, 2011
3:58 pm

Nice read Chip, keep up the good work

rincon dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:01 pm

well there is only one of those schools that has a nose guard position and thats georgia.

rduck

January 17th, 2011
4:02 pm

would be suprised if GA didn’t land them both. They both are high priorities for Richt and co. Good luck to the dawgs.. from a Tech fan..

Brian

January 17th, 2011
4:03 pm

UGA!!!!!!!!!!!

RRTDawgs

January 17th, 2011
4:04 pm

I think sounds good for UGA

BjohnDawg

January 17th, 2011
4:04 pm

Man…do the Dawgs need these two man. They could start and change that defense overnight.

BostonDawg

January 17th, 2011
4:05 pm

I refuse to get my hopes up.

kauai dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:06 pm

We NEED and MUST have all the before mentioned major recruits….
Drew, Jenkins, Mitchell, Rome and o yeah that RB Crowell.

Go DAWGS!

Andy

January 17th, 2011
4:06 pm

Chip…I read that Crowell dropped Bama from his list. Down to UGA and AU? Can you confirm this?

RRTDawgs

January 17th, 2011
4:07 pm

That is not Lowndes25 the fact that Drew and Jenkins are talking together could be a good sign for UGA .

kauai dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:07 pm

Lowndes25 say it ain’t so….. we MUST have them!

Bocephus

January 17th, 2011
4:10 pm

Lowndes25- sources?

RAID

January 17th, 2011
4:10 pm

Lowndes 25…….You’re right!…..They’re not….

BigDawg

January 17th, 2011
4:10 pm

UGA wants and is in need for both of you. Miami really? just a bunch of thugs in green and orange who purposely try on not getting an education. If you dont make it to the NFl through Miami youll just end up on the street begging for pennies or trying to steal from the local gas station.They cant even sell out their own stadium for big games. Be smart here and choose the right stadium where yall will flurious. If you do choose Miami tho i wish you luck……kinda.

RAID

January 17th, 2011
4:11 pm

They’re scared of the coaching situation………

dream175

January 17th, 2011
4:12 pm

Stay tuned as the plot thikens with Ray Drew!

Bobo, Bobo, a pirate's life for me

January 17th, 2011
4:12 pm

garrr, in Jenkins lies some burried treasure, getting drew that be

rincon dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:12 pm

dont care what anybody says john jenkins is the most critical recruit in this class. we have offense but our defense cant stop the run or pass and he can stop the run just by demanding double teams and thats how you win the sec.

RRTDawgs

January 17th, 2011
4:14 pm

That lowndes25 is an impostor guys relax bigtime and naganole has sad UGA is good shape with Drew your going put all your marbles on lowndes25 come on man .

rincon dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:15 pm

miami facilities are terrible and their stadium is 40 or 60 miles from campus their not going to miami.

Destin Dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:15 pm

Saban doesn’t have room for any more .. even if he wanted Crowell ( who he thinks is over rated )… these guys need to go to UGA.. for immediate playing time and BIG impact… Parade magazine says UGA ” #3 large State University with big time sports ” … in beautiful Athens, Ga…. Go Dawgs !!!!

South GA Dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:15 pm

Lowndes25 why do you say that? Where are they going?This is a must have situation for CMR. I have my doubts about Drew but feel good about Jenkins. What do you Know?

JMar

January 17th, 2011
4:17 pm

I feel like both these guys are locks for Georgia, and I haven’t thought that way about anyone else before they committed. If UGA can bring in these two and Crowell, the future will be very bright.

South GA Dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:17 pm

Thanks RRTDawgs just read your post. I thought it might be a fake.

bigtime

January 17th, 2011
4:18 pm

Since Reggie White was ” The Minister of Defense ” you Dawg fans can call Ray Drew ” The Pastor of Pass Rush ” Whatcha think Dawgs ? How about ” The Deacon of Dawgtown ” This kid’s a phenom and UGA needs him to fill the hole left by Houston’s early departure to the NFL. He brings the proper size to that position where as Houston was a bit too small . Drew should be up around 275 lbs by the time fall rolls around .

By the way , It’s sad that someone is so desperate for attention that they have to steal someone’s name on a blog just to feel relevant in life. Lowndes 25 has never said that UGA would miss out on any recruit to my knowledge……

rincon dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:18 pm

hey chip

any info on deon barnes?

jp

January 17th, 2011
4:19 pm

both are coming to UGA. Drew has almost made it official to the coaches

El Dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:19 pm

Drew went on his official to Da U to seal the deal with Jenkins to UGA. Drew met with UGA coaches is Thomasville before his visit to Da U, probably to be briefed on Jenkins. Sounds like the deal has been sealed for both of them to UGA. You heard it here first.

Bryan

January 17th, 2011
4:20 pm

Good stuff as usual Chip! I hope this starts the strong finish we need…the fact that Drew is coming to watch Rome commit to dawgs and Jenkins is coming off of richt and gang paying him an in house visit….I am starting to get excited. Thursday with Rome should hopefully start the domino effect!!! #GODAWGS

BigDawg

January 17th, 2011
4:20 pm

BostonDawg………..Im 100% with you. I refuse to get excited until I see them pick up that g*d damn gorgeous red cap. GGGGGOOOOOOOOOO DDDDDAWWWWGGSSSSS

RRTDawgs

January 17th, 2011
4:20 pm

Don’t listen to lowndes25 i was reading the recruiting updates on 247 sports Rusty Mansell and he says looks good that Ray Drew will be a dawg those guys have good info .

Ray

January 17th, 2011
4:21 pm

That’s not Lowndes25 one reason is he wouldn’t have said it like that. I’ve been on here a few times when Lowndes25 has posted and he’ll at least tell us why their not coming.

Plus I doubt they go to Miami the closest Ray Drew was from getting away from us is gone that was Urban Meyer at Florida. I think he’s coming along with Jenkins.

LagDawg

January 17th, 2011
4:26 pm

The UGA staff better make this young man and his family feel very wanted and please show him how we want to use him. Now we find out just how bad CMR and staff really want to right this ship, because keeping Bobo didn’t give us the right vibe.

Valdosta Cat

January 17th, 2011
4:29 pm

It really does not look like he will end up at UGA. If he goes elswhere, UGA will be just fine. I would much rather have those players who really want to be at our fine University than to have those who have one foot in and the other foot out. Take it for what it’s worth ……..we don’t need to beg these kids to come here. Grow up folks.

RRTDawgs

January 17th, 2011
4:30 pm

Those guys just wanted a free trip to Miami Jenkins coach and parents will be in Athens i agree with bigtime and El Dawg .

El Dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:34 pm

RRTDawgs,

Can you think of a better destination for an all expense paid trip, especially during this horrible weather!! To the rest of you, come on, think every once in a while.

dawgster

January 17th, 2011
4:35 pm

Folks…thats not Lowdnes25…take my word for it he is not on here and probably won’t be for awhile…thats all i can say…but go dawgs

D A DoubleU G

January 17th, 2011
4:37 pm

I am telling you……

Greg McGarity needs to WAKE UP. If he were to come out with a public vote of confidence in Mark Richt, and extend a 4th year on his contract, these recruits would be banging the door down.

Richt is going nowhere folks. Only the complete idiots on this blog who think firing him is the only answer, and Tech fans (9-1 against them) feel that way. And unfortunately McGarity does not understand the importance in making recruits understand the staff in place will be there throughout their stay.

sandman053

January 17th, 2011
4:39 pm

RRT I think it is a good sign as well. No recrut is more imprtant than Jenkins IMO.

Chip Towers

January 17th, 2011
4:39 pm

Andy: Not true. Talked to his Mama today. All 3 schools in play at this moment.

sandman053

January 17th, 2011
4:40 pm

yeah dawgster, I dind’t think it was Lowndes…What’s going on with him? All ok? or have you talked to him?

Tiger04

January 17th, 2011
4:40 pm

Ray Drews last visit is to Clemson on the 28th. There is something in those hills…

rincon dawg

January 17th, 2011
4:40 pm

hey double he still has three years left on his contract. there is no way he gets a extension after a bad season because that would send the message to the coaching staff that its ok you can go ahead and have losing seasons.

Lowndes25

January 17th, 2011
4:41 pm

that wasn’t me

DawginOH

January 17th, 2011
4:41 pm

So it’s all or nothing in this must-have deal for the Dawgs. Their friendship could either be a godsend or a deathblow for CMR and his recruiting efforts. I’m staying positive that they both come to UGA- it’s a situation where they can both step in immediately and become big time players in the 3-4. Go Dawgs!

UGA What What

January 17th, 2011
4:42 pm

Miami has done nothing for years, And why play in the ACC

Einsteindawg

January 17th, 2011
4:42 pm

Good job Chip…I’m giving you a raise! (and take Friday off, too). I sense that these players really don’t care if Richt is here after 2011 or not, they want to play at UGA. If (and probably when) a coaching change takes place, they know we will get a good one to take us to the next level.

DC3

January 17th, 2011
4:43 pm

Ray Drew is all dawg so is jenkins so is rome crowell i dont know mitchell is all bama

Brown Dog

January 17th, 2011
4:44 pm

D A Double: You’re absolutely right on Richt’s status being a detriment. Lots of talk on the Bama boards that CNS made up a bunch of ground on IC and IC’s mom — one of the reasons allegedly being that the kid says he doesn’t know if he’ll have the same coach in Athens after next year.

The fact that McGarity is not giving any guarantees — instead issuing a laundry list of what he wants improved — has not escaped these last, top recruits.