John Jenkins was on an official visit at Florida all weekend. Nevertheless, he said he heard Ray Drew’s “Call of the Dogs” loud and clear all the way down in Gator County.
“Yeah, I heard about it, but I haven’t seen it yet,” said the 6-foot-4, 340-pound junior college nose guard, shortly after returning to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College late Sunday night. “I’m about to go online and find the video and look at it now. I hear it was pretty good. I can’t wait to see it.”
Drew and Jenkins bonded three weeks ago when they both visited Miami and each came away stating they’d like to play together in college. We have since learned that Drew was already a heavy UGA lean at that point.
Then Drew offered an impassioned plea this past Friday for Jenkins and several other frontline recruits to join him at Georgia as part of the “Dream Team” recruiting class.
“I heard the call and I’ve given an answer,” Drew said. “Isaiah Crowell, we’re waiting on you; Antonio Richardson, we’re waiting on you; John Jenkins, we’re waiting on you; and Jeoffrey Pagan, we’re waiting on you. Come join what we have put together as ‘the Dream Team.’ A dream is only a dream until you make it reality.”
But does that really make a difference to Jenkins?
“Yeah, I mean, it does in a sense,” he said. “I mean, Reay is somebody I know and like and respect. But at the end of the day each of us is our own man and we have to do what’s best for us.”
Regardless, we’re not going to find out any time soon. Jenkins still plans to unveil his decision between the Bulldogs, Auburn, Florida and Miami, next Saturday at Maloney High School in his hometown of Meriden, Conn.
In case you haven’t noticed, that will be three days after national signing day. But Jenkins wanted to have his signing ceremony at home with friends and family.
“Yep, that’s the plan right now,” Jenkins said.
So how does he plan to spend Wednesday as thousands of other college prospects put their names on the dotted line?
“I’m just going to watch and observe and see how it comes down,” he said. “I’ve never been through it before, so I want to see where everybody goes and how they handle it.”
In the meantime, the 48 hours Jenkins spent in Gainesville got his attention. The Gators and new coach Will Muschamp came in on him late but managed to convince him to give them his final official visit.
“It was straight; it was straight; a great visit, ” he said. “Everything about it was good. It was a lot cooler than I thought it’d be. I met some guys there from Connecticut and they said some more were on the way. So I liked that.”
The Gators have a couple of Connecticut natives on the current roster and at least one commitment from the state.
As for the actual decision, Jenkins said he was going to try to take advantage of the recruiting dead period by getting off by himself to contemplate the situation.
“The grace of God, that’s my only answer,” he said. “He’s going to bless me with a good choice. He’s going to deliver it to me through my family. I’m just going to give it all to God and let him show me the way.”
By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog