John Jenkins: UGA ‘awesome’ but no decision until after Florida visit

Q&A WITH JOHN JENKINS

I caught up with John Jenkins sometime after he got back to his school in Mississippi about 5 p.m. Sunday. He had just gotten home from his official visit to Georgia and had fallen asleep watching the NFL playoffs. I woke him up. He was tired. Real tired.

John Jenkins (Photo by Georgia247Sports.com)

John Jenkins (Photo by Georgia247Sports.com)

But the big nose guard went on to explain that he was happily exhausted. He described his trip to UGA as “awesome.” Nevertheless, it was not awesome enough to elicit an on-the-spot commitment.

“No, I didn’t commit,” said the 6-foot-4, 340-pound nose guard from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. “But I had a great time.”

So with the real news out of the way, I proceeded to ask Jenkins about the nuances of his visit and his plans going forward. Here’s a quick review:

Q: What was the most enjoyable part of the visit for you?

A: “I really liked going to the basketball game. Those boys are good. They’re underrated. And I enjoyed going to Coach Richt’s house on Friday night for ice cream. It’s nice to kind of see where he comes from and what he’s all about.”

Q: Is your final visit to Florida next weekend still on?

A: “Yeah, I’m still going to take my visit to Florida.”

Q: Did Georgia move up on your list or ahead of Auburn, Florida or Miami based on your experience?

A: “Nah. Georgia is still on an even playing field with the other schools. I mean, I’m not making any moves or changes until I take all my visits. After that I’ll sit down and make a decision.”

Q: Is there a chance you won’t sign until after National Signing Day?

A: “I have thought about that. It could be. There’s no rush. If I decide it on national signing day or right before or right after is not going to change anything.”

Q: Did you get to know some of the other recruits?

A: “Yeah, Isaiah Crowell was there and Antonio Richardson and Kent Turene and a bunch of other guys that are already committed. All those guys are cool. Good players, too.”

Q: Any talk about the so-called Dream Team and all coming there together to turn things around?

A: “We talked about all coming there but it’s like that everywhere you go.”

Q: Did you happen to talk to your new buddy Ray Drew over the weekend?

A: “Yeah, we talked a little bit. He was up at Clemson. He was just asking me how I liked Georgia and what I thought about it and stuff like that. He was seeing if I liked what he liked. I still want to see where he goes. I know he’s announcing on Friday, so I’m eager to find out.”

Q: How would you describe your UGA visit overall?

A: “Man, it was awesome. It’s just a wonderful scene there. Downtown Athens, all the people, the campus and everything, it’s all great.”

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog.

344 comments Add your comment

state

January 24th, 2011
1:55 pm

Nate

January 24th, 2011
2:00 pm

According to Antonio Richardson…Drew must be a heavy UGA lean already if not already a silent commit.

LagDawg

January 24th, 2011
2:00 pm

Great to hear awesome. Now, we wait to see if our coaching staff did some real recruiting over the weekend or will we lose out. Come to UGA, we really need you to stabilize the DL.

RxDawg

January 24th, 2011
2:03 pm

Sounds great! Thanks Chip. I don’t want to look into to it too much, but if Drew on a Clemson visit was contacting a recruit on a UGA visit, that’s gota make me feel pretty good.

Dawg fan 79

January 24th, 2011
2:05 pm

Thanks for the update on Jenkins Chip.

Everyone in Dawg-Land wants you in Athen Big John Jenkins. Your are the only missing piece to this defense.

How does playing your 1st two games on national TV sound ? The Boise State game will be the biggest game of the season’s opening weekend. Then we get to beat up on the Gamecocks on national TV. Probably the marquee night game.

Hope to see you in Athens Big John !

Go DAWGS !

filtar

January 24th, 2011
2:06 pm

We can need somebody like him on our team period. Hes a mammoth D tackle and i love the fact hes willing and knowingly ready to face constant double teams and let guys around him make all the plays in the 3-4.Im sure he will make plays himself Come be a Dawg John Jenkins!

Dawg101

January 24th, 2011
2:06 pm

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Dawg101

January 24th, 2011
2:07 pm

would love to see both Drew and Jenkins at UGA!

paul "chug a lug" johnson

January 24th, 2011
2:08 pm

first no wait five no whats the one after the curvy number….damn I need another drink damn teenagers can’t trust em for mrgggh mrble nappy time

RRTDawgs

January 24th, 2011
2:09 pm

It looking better and better we get Drew and Jenkins that would sweet having them on the same team hey Chip what do you about the dawgs offering Taylor Gadbios .

F laDawg

January 24th, 2011
2:10 pm

Danzler posted on his FaceBook page on Saturday that Kent Turene had committed. He took it down pretty quickly though. Any word on that?

JaxDawg

January 24th, 2011
2:10 pm

Man do we ever need this guy! Drew and Crowell would be nice to.

GTBob

January 24th, 2011
2:11 pm

I think Drew is a heavy UGA lean, but what is the point in a silent commitment? If Drew had just committed to UGA a while ago couldn’t he then help recruit other players and improve the overall recruiting class? What would he gain by being a silent commitment and what would UGA gain by it?

Anonymous 'Cos

January 24th, 2011
2:12 pm

All reports are showing Turene as still committed to USC…for now. Still to take OV to Texas Tech this weekend. It’s what i know.

Ric Flair

January 24th, 2011
2:13 pm

He’s a 60 minute Dawg…and all night long! Whoooooo!!!!!!

Dawg1

January 24th, 2011
2:13 pm

Have to respect the kid. His approach is right down the middle. Good for him. Whoever gets this kid is going to get a level-headed player, who understands that this game is a business. If he is projected Top 10 NFL – he’s out after one year. And you know what? I wouldn’t blame him if he did. Again, it’s a business – like it or not.

Fridawg

January 24th, 2011
2:14 pm

Great to hear that info! We need this guy to make the 3-4 click. It sounds like Drew wants to be a Dawg too!

chilidawg

January 24th, 2011
2:14 pm

JJ, if you are looking for a place that you could come and make an immediate impact, look no further.

how2fish

January 24th, 2011
2:15 pm

I think we need this young man more than we need Crowell not that we don’t need him too..c’mon John…Athens is waiting!

goodness gracious

January 24th, 2011
2:19 pm

pump the breaks everybody. there is no way we are getting all these guys.

naganole

January 24th, 2011
2:19 pm

@how2fish You need all of those guys equally. Each member of UGA’s class is filling a void. Don’t trivialize Crowell by saying he’s less needed than Jenkins. That’s foolish…

UGA DAWG FOR LIFE

January 24th, 2011
2:20 pm

Let’s Go Georgia! Let’s CLOSE STRONG! RB I.Crowell, NT/NG John Jenkins and OLB/DE R. Drew Come To UGA and Let’s Win A National Championship!

Dawg101

January 24th, 2011
2:20 pm

I bet where ever Drew goes Jenkins will follow!

Shawn

January 24th, 2011
2:21 pm

Would love to get Jenkins but I think our world does not hinge on this one player. We have big Kwame in the middle for next year and he should be matured nicely by then. I think Drew will be the one guy that is a leader and would love to see him in Athens. Everything I read about this guys work ethic and character tell me he is going to be special. Would be great to get them all though. Jenkins and Geathers would be nice to have for depth in the middle!

Good golly

January 24th, 2011
2:22 pm

naganole

We have depth at running back (granted the skill level hasn’t panned out), we have zero good, large, space filling, NT.

That being said, Crowell IS needed, but the piece we need the most is Jenkins

gdawginkalamazoo

January 24th, 2011
2:24 pm

GTBob, sounds crazy but as a silent commit he could be working behind the scenes telling these other guys where he is going. I think a lot of them want to have their day in the spotlight. In these recruiting matters I like the kids like Stafford, Branden Smith, AJ Green, Moreno. Those kids made their commitments weeks/months before NSD and you didn’t hear a thing out of them until they got on the field and produced.

RRTDawgs

January 24th, 2011
2:24 pm

Hey naganole you are right it looks like Drew is all dawg and was recruiting Richardson to UGA from most reports may be trying to get a Clemson commit to flip most likely Pagan .

Who is Antonio Richardson?

January 24th, 2011
2:25 pm

Where is this young man from and has he committed yet? What position does he play? this is the first time that I have read his name Must be really good though.

SEC Football

January 24th, 2011
2:27 pm

Jenkins will be the key to this recruiting class on defense for next year! Drew and the others will be fantastic before they leave if they committ. Jenkins will be the one that brings it all together and will have the same afffect as the kid at Auburn had this year but will be even better in a 3-4. Crowell will have the same affect on the offense.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 24th, 2011
2:29 pm

If Grantham can land this kid I think it would be beneficial for both. Grantham can have this kid ready for the pros in no time.

DawginLex

January 24th, 2011
2:29 pm

Richardson is top rated recruit from state of TN. OL.

Is it football season yet?

January 24th, 2011
2:30 pm

Antonio Richardson plays OT. Uncommitted from the state of TN.

7576DAWG

January 24th, 2011
2:31 pm

Drew is the number one recruit that we need because he is a leader and can keep the potential WILD A##es in line and focused on them being better young adult’s and player’s. This young man has a lot of pull with the other recruit’s. Jenkins is right behind Drew in importance then Crowell , Crowell is important for 2012 because Malcomb will get his shot in 2011 and Ealey will be forced to get into shape if he doesn’t want to stay on the bench all year. Crowell could be a big factor starting about the 5th game.

UGA Insider

January 24th, 2011
2:33 pm

UGA is about to sign a monster class. Trust me guys. We may end up #1 in the nation. The big story to me is how many of these guys will be starting against Boise State. If CMR will play the best players and not the players with the most seniority as he has in the past…then as many as 8 true freshman could be starting at UGA next fall. Openings include- LB, DE, NT, CB, WR, RB, FB, OT & C.

It could change dramatically IF ........

January 24th, 2011
2:34 pm

UGA could be an entirely different D squad by September. IF they land John Jenkins for NT and if Gathers and Bean Anderson have matured and gotten lighter on their feet and their upper body strength is there …………… UGA would be tough to run on up the middle.

Seriously ………….if that happens, then the former starters …….. Abry Jones and DeAngelo Tyson would be moved to DE and UGA would simply be awesome with Jarvis Jones and Richard Samuels and Co at LB. Wow! Then, place the two NEW D backs ( Swain and Mitchell ) that are committed into that mix and UGA’s secondary depth is MUCH IMPROVED. We also have a couple of red shirt frosh ready to make a D back name too. Bradon Boykin and Brandon Smith will be back along with Ogletree and Rambo.

Food for thought and everything suggested here is realistic. Time will tell. All of the aforementioned events could drastically improve UGA’s D into one of the SEC’s top 3 or 4.

Paddy

January 24th, 2011
2:35 pm

SEC Football….you ar so right. We must have a top flight rb. We must have a top flight ng. If that happens, this class should be one of the all-time best at Georgia!!!

SickandTired

January 24th, 2011
2:35 pm

Well now, it looks like the desperation in Athens is making it all come together. I just hope that Marky Mark Mark doesn’t allow the natives to get sloppy with the money.

Mightydawg

January 24th, 2011
2:38 pm

UGA Insider, opening at Center? Really? Did you forget about Ben Jones?

UGA Insider

January 24th, 2011
2:40 pm

Sorry, I meant NG.

dawgster

January 24th, 2011
2:40 pm

Here’s my take…If Drew becomes a dawg, then Jenkings will follow…but if Drew goes to Au, then so will Jenkins…these guys have developed a great bond…Alot of people think Drew is a dawg, but Au seems to think he will go there. so who is right…I have heard rumors for both sides, but i do like the fact that Drew and Jenkins were talking dawgs while they were taking their visits…I think as valuable as it would be to have Drew, the key in my opinion is Jenkins and whomever gets one is going to get them both..go dawgs

Fratdawg

January 24th, 2011
2:42 pm

Drew is a dawg. There is no need to worry and even though his commitment may not be public he has told other recruits and that’s all that matters. Also it sounds like jenkins is a dawg too. On the other hand crowell didn’t look too amused with athens over the weekend. I’m worried auburn could steal him.
But if harrow can play it right and if he comes to his senses and realizes auburn has two great young backs already he’ll follow drew and jenkins.

robodawg

January 24th, 2011
2:43 pm

Winning in the SEC all starts with D. Even Auburn this year kept winning because their defense got better and better, until they completely shut down Oregon. And D all starts up front. The DT position is key. We fill that nose position with a heavyweight like Jenkins and I think we’ve got some talent behind him to be pretty stout.

7576DAWG

January 24th, 2011
2:44 pm

The way Drew dominated in the Army All American game he should be starting in September.

dawgster

January 24th, 2011
2:46 pm

Evidently, Kiffin is making a home visit to K. Turene today and supposdly will take a visit to Texas Tech…You had better watch out for USC and Kiffin…anything with them is possible as to what they promise or tell him…They seem to have alot of guys committed, i was under the impression that they were going to be severely reduced this season, but perhaps not..go dawgs

JB

January 24th, 2011
2:47 pm

Gonna be interesting….an hour with Richt and an hour with Muschamp………

BigTimeTECHFan

January 24th, 2011
2:47 pm

Jenkins = Auburn, or Florida (if his visit goes real well)
Drew = Georgia
Crowell = Georgia
Rome = Georgia
M Mitchell = Georgia
Steward = FSU
Clowney = USCe
Kouandjio = Auburn
Karlos Williams = Michigan
C Grant = Florida
Stephone Anthony = Clemson
Rashad Greene = FSU

Carlton

January 24th, 2011
2:48 pm

Yea JB-But Richt gave Jenkins ice cream!

Tampa Dawg

January 24th, 2011
2:49 pm

UGA Insider
January 24th, 2011
2:33 pm

UGA Insider, lay off the peace pipe! If we start 8 freshmen against Boise, we will get blown out of the stadium. Come back to reality…

7576DAWG

January 24th, 2011
2:50 pm

dawgster
Southern cal had 8 or 9 enroll early and with all the player’s that left since last year , I guess it opened up a lot of scholarships from the 2010’s class.

dawgster

January 24th, 2011
2:50 pm

Fratdawg…I think i would be more worried about Drew to Au instead of Crowell..If we lose Crowell, and hopefully we won’t, next year we will get Matt Jones out of Fla..stud of a RB and the dawgs have been his team for sometime…I hope you are right with Drew, but i have heard so many different things..and I agree Crowell will have alot more competition at RB at Au, but when you get to this level you probably feel that you can’t compete or beat any one of them out…go dawgs