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.
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.