NG John Jenkins heard Ray Drew’s call but won’t give answer until Saturday

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.

Big John Jenkins of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College announce his choice between Georgia, Auburn, Florida and Miami on Saturday in his hometown of Meriden, Conn. (Photo from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College)

Big John Jenkins of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College announce his choice between Georgia, Auburn, Florida and Miami on Saturday in his hometown of Meriden, Conn. (Photo from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College)

“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

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Dream team

January 31st, 2011
9:02 am

German Shepherd Dawg

January 31st, 2011
9:03 am

TheMAJOR,

The really funny part is you referring to yourself as “TheMAJOR”.

Not just any old major, but THE major? Sorry? The MAJOR.

Either way looks pretty silly to me.

baloney

January 31st, 2011
9:04 am

Of course DAWGinLex…..the schools do organize the presser…….ath the prodding of certain sportwriters that have a vested interest. Just think …..the kids high school gets mentioned on TV and the newspaper. The kid gets to show off his hat etc. Bank on this, UGA is going down a slippery slope. Remember Larry Munson & Loran Smith used to convienently hold booster meetings at these south GA schools years ago. They had to stop at the same time UGA was put on probation. Coincidence? I think not.

tide roll

January 31st, 2011
9:07 am

Worst conglomeration of offensive line recruits in UGA history! Richardson could change that. Where was Uga for this kid earlier? Take a look at LSU. La’EL Collins, 6′5″ 285 lb. OT 5 Star, Jonah Austin 6′7″ 305lb. OL 4 Star, Trai Turner, 6′5″ 340 lb. OL 5 Star, and Corey White 6′5″ 280 lb. OL 4 Star. Now that’s a dream team.

Fan

January 31st, 2011
9:11 am

Two guys Georgia is after, Turene and Roberson, decommitted from other schools this weekend, so it looks like Georgia has a shot at them.

Preston

January 31st, 2011
9:11 am

joe, all universities do this under compliance regulations. get a life.

Dawg man

January 31st, 2011
9:15 am

Get the National Championship trophies ready !!!!!! next 5 years, we are it, bet the opponents are trembling now, bet 3-4 teams will forfeit rather than be run off the field by the dawgs!!!!!

Fan

January 31st, 2011
9:15 am

LSU recruiting looks good. Pencil them in as the SEC west winner next year.

bigtime

January 31st, 2011
9:16 am

Fan……That pencil better have an eraser

Preston

January 31st, 2011
9:17 am

tide roll, are you smoking crack again? Take another look at the OL recruits that UGA has coming in and you’ll see that we have some studs coming in at that position. Sometimes I wonder why some people come on here and say some of the things that you read because it’s senseless.

Destin Dawg

January 31st, 2011
9:17 am

Baloney and tide roll.. don’t thay have newspapers in ALA.. ????

Shawn

January 31st, 2011
9:20 am

You would think tide roll was an O-,line coach. That’s all you hear out of him. How terrible our O-line recruits are, how terrible they have been……Apply for the job Moron. Then again they would probably put as much stock in your opinion as the rest of us do, none! There are plenty of teams recruiting our O-line commits hard. I’m sure these scouts don’t have near the knowledge that You do! lol

Fan

January 31st, 2011
9:22 am

Bigtime even Tide Roll thinks LSU recruiting looks like another Dream Team.

suwaneedawg

January 31st, 2011
9:25 am

Destin Dawg, they do have papers in Alabama. However,they have a very small polulation that can actually read them.

Kendawg

January 31st, 2011
9:26 am

How do you spell amateur?

dawgster

January 31st, 2011
9:26 am

Hey just read some of “Tide Rolls” comments and you will figure out his agenda…its pretty obvious…the best thing to do is not respond to him and maybe he will go away…Again you can go back to 99% of his posts and you will understand what his clear agenda is…I really find it sad that he wants to go there…go dawgs

DawginLex

January 31st, 2011
9:28 am

whatever makes you feel good baloney.

Joe, as a state university, such as UK and UT, UGa has to post job openings on a job board. UT does it as well believe it or not Einstein.

Good grief you people are as dumb as a bag of hammers.

Fan

January 31st, 2011
9:29 am

Bigtime- just kidding around, Bama and UGA have easier schedules next year and hopefully will play each other in the Dome.

Paul from Cumming

January 31st, 2011
9:29 am

Joe at 8:55-

Are you “Just sayin’”…you don’t know what you’re talking about? Do you really think UGA is asking for applications for the OL coach position by putting it on a “job board”. It’s a state law genious. A dumb law but all state positions are required to be posted prior to being filled. This is just one of those cases that seems to point out the stupidity of that law. Don’t try to smear UGA when you don’t know what you’re talking about. Better yet, why don’t you extol the virtues of UT instead of denegrating UGA. Good luck to all SEC teams in recruiting but better luck to UGA!

Newnan Dawg

January 31st, 2011
9:31 am

I read on 247sports that Alabama had a good visit with Crowell, and that right now he favors UGA but some people close to him favor Alabama, most notably his mom. Rusty said if he makes the final decision like he said he would then Crowell will choose UGA. Does anyone have any good information regarding Crowell and what might happen on Wednesday?

dawgster

January 31st, 2011
9:36 am

@Newnan Dawg…You had some good info yourself and pretty much right on…I have to agree i have been a little concerned about some of the comments that his mom made and if she indeed does favor Bama, well we are done for on him…of course there are conflicting reports with him, so who know…one thing for sure the dawgs put all their eggs in this basket…if it doesn’t work out how will everyone feel about the recruiting class this year…still a great class in my opinion, but everyone will focus on who we didn’t get, if Crowell doesn’t sign…I still say we missed an opportuinity to get a pretty darn good RB in M. Caffeyl…but maybe it will still work out….go dawgs

coach smith

January 31st, 2011
9:38 am

Just like Drew, Jenkins and Crowell have been silent commits for quite a while. Crowell was a heavy Georgia lean early then when Bama added Dee Hart giving them 2 RB signees to go along with Trent Richardson, Crowell silently committed to UGA on his visit.

here is an article about that http://uhearditherefirst.com

there is also an article about how Richardson and Pagan are likely headed to Georgia and it addresses the likelyhood of Turene making his way to Athens as well

coach smith

January 31st, 2011
9:40 am

think of it rationally, why would Crowell go to Bama and play second fiddle to Richardson and compete with 2 other blue chip RB recruits when he can come into Georgia and START on day 1

bigtime

January 31st, 2011
9:40 am

Fan……That’s not saying much. Maybe tide roll should change his name to tigers geaux. I would like to see the DAWGS back on top of the East and in SEC CG where they belong .

dawgster……agree, that guys loco. Jenkins has extended the madness to Saturday for you guys I see. At least you don’t have to wait until the 14th……Geez, thanks a lot Jadeveon !

Newnan Dawg……Saban is a finisher my friend. That said Crowell still goes to UGA. It’s closer than some may think though , I’ll tell you that. Mom and Dad are on the Tide’s side , Isaiah favors UGA ……hmmmm

@suwaneedawg

January 31st, 2011
9:25 am
Destin Dawg, they do have papers in Alabama. However,they have a very small polulation that can actually read them.

Population is spelled with 2 p’s in Alabama.

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 31st, 2011
9:41 am

Im waiting to hear what LowndesDawg has to say on this

coach smith

January 31st, 2011
9:41 am

Also, you have to figure Georgia KNOWS for SURE that Crowell is coming because they aren’t going after any other RBs and that is one of the biggest positions of need

War Beagle

January 31st, 2011
9:43 am

this whole “Dream Team” concept is laughable. Richt played the same cards last year and ended up with a class rank of 21 by Scout.com. Worse, his coaching staff was only able to produce a 6-7 record, including a 10-6 loss to mighty UCF in the Liberty Bowl.

Folks, a “Dream Team” requires a leader that knows how to coach and develop potential in a player. Richt is a fine man but is proving to be an average-at-best coach. Jenkins would be a great add to a very good incoming class but he will graduate “ringless” if he buys into this “Dream Team” gimmick and decides to attend UGA. He’ll have a much better chance of being on a “Championship Team” if he chooses Auburn, Miami or Florida.

DC

January 31st, 2011
9:44 am

LSU should win the west. Yeah its going to be tough..but getting UGA’s leftovers at QB will be huge..thats all LSU was missing last year was a quality QB. Bama won’t be the powerhouse everyone expects them to be next year…year after that though is another story maybe. I wish wednesday would get here so we can stop talking about these stupid kids. War eagle!

A.Bishop

January 31st, 2011
9:45 am

@ The Major…you are stupid…don’t talk.

Newnan Dawg

January 31st, 2011
9:45 am

Dawgster – I agree with you in the fact that UGA has put all their eggs in one basket and if it backfires that could UGA in a big way, but I have to feel that they went into this deal with just going after Crowell feeling real good about their chances. I know I have read on multiple times that Crowell said he has a great relationship with Mclendon than with the Rb coach at Bama.

Bigtime – I don’t doubt that Saban is a finisher, but I feel Crowell’s mom is still harping on the situation with UGA offering Harrow, and can’t seem to see past that issue, which to me is a little childish. I will say this though, this year UGA has won a majority of the recruiting battles against Alabama this year, and I think Richt and Bobo have shown that they can recruit and out recruit even the great Saban when they really want a recruit!!

coach smith

January 31st, 2011
9:46 am

War Beagle

you are funny….Georgia and Richt have owned Auburn and before this year beat you 4 straight times, then you get ONE player (who you paid) to come in, in a down SEC year and you win, and now you think you can run your mouth LOL

Lets see Auburn sustain something before you talk…oh that’s right AWbarn people have to talk now because they lost 18 or 19 starters LOL LOL

Who Cares

January 31st, 2011
9:47 am

Joe, wouldn’t be so sure about Richardson. After all, he was at Auburn this past weekend, and everyone knows that they will fill his head with B.S., and his pockets with Ben Franklins. Also, after that clown and scum of the coaching profession Trooper the Big Mouth Taylor gets finished promising him the moon, the Vols pathetic head coach and staff will look like rookies. If this kid is as good at kicking cops in the head while his teammats watch,as he is at blocking, then i would say you r right, he is all Vol. Even Fl. and it’s junior varsity head coach are out recruiting the mighty Dooley and the Vols. Tenn. is not a factor in recruiting or on the field. Go blog on volquest or whatever you hillbillies call your website.

murray county mystic

January 31st, 2011
9:49 am

you have a “dream team” every year in Athens; problem is, you always get the same results, every year…wake up, rednecks…it ain’t the kids, it’s the preacher that’s the problem…

bigtime

January 31st, 2011
9:52 am

Newnan Dawg….. UGA has held serve so far this year other than X Dickson. Richt is a phenominal recruiter also by the way. He will have to fight off Saban again next year for the state’s top recruits again so get ready . I look forward to more discussions about future players with knowledgeable football fans on here. Roll Tide

DC…..Roll Tide

One Hairy Dawg

January 31st, 2011
9:57 am

Murray County Mystic- 5TH best winning percentage among active coaches. 2 SEC championships, 3 appearances, as many as any other program in that time span. I’ll take those results and this DREAM TEAM. GO DAWGS

2012 Recruits

January 31st, 2011
9:58 am

Dream is simply that…A DREAM! It will turn into a nightmare this upcoming season when Richt is finally fired. What has UGA ever accomplished???? One Championship in 100+ years of football is not exactly much to crow about. And even that team is considered worst National Championship team of all time. Only beat three teams with a winning record all year.

Newnan Dawg

January 31st, 2011
9:59 am

bigtime – I agree, we will be having the discussion same time next year regarding UGA and Bama going head to head for big name recruits, and hopefully Richt and Bobo will bring their A game like they did this year. This should be an interesting next couple of days and also an interesting year with the football season and the recruiting wars that will continue between UGA and Bama, but I do think Richt has finally let it be known to Saban that if you are going to step in Georgia and try to recruit you better get ready for a battle because this is OUR state and we are going to lock it down. GO DAWGS!!

DawginLex

January 31st, 2011
9:59 am

Worst national championship team of all time?

1984 BYU
1990 Ga Tech

UGA proved 1980 was no fluke by what happened the next 3 years.

PacificDawg-South

January 31st, 2011
10:00 am

Does anyone have the latest on that 4-star DL from Pago Pago? I think they call him the “Tombstone…” Does Georgia still have an available spot for him? If anyone knows anything, pleeease post something!!!

BlogMeister

January 31st, 2011
10:02 am

2012 recruits—

Its two national championships. You fool.

War Beagle

January 31st, 2011
10:03 am

Coach Smith – aside from reference to Jenkins final choices, I never made mention of Auburn, their record, or players. In fact, I never even said I was an Auburn fan. What I apparently did do was hit a nerve that has surfaced after a number of consecutive years of sub-par performances by UGA, including one season where UGA was preseason #1.

All I’m saying is that a “Dream Team” needs a captain that can steer the ship. There’s good reason Richt has been on the hot seat for a couple of years now. Check your own blawgs, they’re littered with UGA fans and alum that don’t believe Richt is up to the job of developing a championship caliber team. LOL all you want, in the end you’ll end up CIYM (crying in your milk!) with Richt at the helm.

robodawg

January 31st, 2011
10:03 am

Come be a Dawg! We need you more than any of those other jokers do. Come be the anchor of our 3-4!.

dawgster

January 31st, 2011
10:04 am

@bigtime…good morning to you sir…i agree that i don’t think its a shoe-in for Crowell to sign with the dawgs…i know everyone other than a few think he’s a silent, perhaps, but as i have said before, i believe his mom prefers Bama…and yes i think young Crowell favors the dawgs, but i don’t thiin we are a lock as some think, hope i am wrong and everyone can tell me so…the one thing that would make me lean to the dawgs and perhaps him being a silent is that we are not pursuing or talking to any other RB that i am aware of…but there may be some behind the scene backup plans that we are not aware of…but i just don’t see it right now…go dawgs

Buckeye

January 31st, 2011
10:11 am

This kid sounds like more “athlete” than “student”. And at 340, hardly an “athlete”.

bigtime

January 31st, 2011
10:16 am

Buckeye…..In the SEC the 320+ guys are athletes. See the past 5 National Champs and their dominating D-Line play in the Championship games. He’s not going to be racing anyone, he’s going to be taking on blockers.

Newnan Dawg

January 31st, 2011
10:17 am

dawgster – I just read from a guy on 247sports posting that Crowell’s mom was not pro-Bama but instead pro-UGA and pro-Richt, and he also stated that Bama’s visit with Crowell did not go as well as people may think. I don’t know how he knows this, but just thought I would pass this along.

MikeP

January 31st, 2011
10:17 am

Did Ray Drew’s “Call of the Dawgs” go something like this?

“Come join me at UGA and you, too, can be coached down to the point that a team loaded with 4 and 5 star recruits has a losing season”?

I can’t imagine what else he could tell them.

Helen Keller School of Editing

January 31st, 2011
10:19 am

Who proofreads these articles? Geez. Anyway, Go Dawgs!

Don4654

January 31st, 2011
10:20 am

Does anyone know about the 2012 kicker that comitted to Bama this weekend?I saw film of him making a 54 yeard field goal!

bigtime

January 31st, 2011
10:23 am

dawgster……Here is an article about Crowell from his hometown paper. LINK