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

325 comments Add your comment

Shonuff

January 31st, 2011
3:46 pm

Getting beat by UGA these days means re-evaluating how your program is run. It’s a low point.

DC

January 31st, 2011
3:46 pm

Irish Dawg isnt biased one bit……….oh wait..yeah he is..

Da'Rick

January 31st, 2011
3:48 pm

I can see “Dream team”. UGA has been dreaming for an NC for 31 years.

Shonuff

January 31st, 2011
3:51 pm

UGA gave up on National Championships long ago. UGA fans just try to beat you down by quoting their winning percentage over the past 10 years.

Shonuff

January 31st, 2011
3:53 pm

However, I do predict that UGA will have more wins in 2011. It’s just hard for other SEC teams to “get up” to play Georgia anymore.

Shonuff

January 31st, 2011
3:54 pm

UGA can’t even keep a mascot healthy anymore and all they do is lay on a bag of ice looking disinterested…

Shonuff

January 31st, 2011
3:57 pm

Don’t worry Georgia fans: You may not add a National Championship anytime soon, but there’s a good chance you will add another dog mausoleum…

how2fish

January 31st, 2011
4:01 pm

Shonuff but its a large dropoff they have made 4 out of the last 5 years…

Don't Mouth Off Too Much....

January 31st, 2011
4:02 pm

“Lost to neither Alabama or Florida”? Yes, the schedule is brutal next year. Yes, Auburn will be inexperienced. What was Auburn ranked at the beginning of this season? #22 and almost off the radar completely. My point is that Auburn consistently does better when expectations are lower, and much worse when they are highly-touted and ranked to start a season. ‘03 was supposed to be the greatest year in history and we started 0-2 (Scoring only 3 points). Next year we weren’t picked to do anything and we went 13-0. Underestimate us if you want, but you never know, that’s why I love this game.

Pacific Dawg

January 31st, 2011
4:14 pm

Da’Rick

Watchout for Tombstone

Da'Rick

January 31st, 2011
4:16 pm

Oh honey I’ll be watching for him alright…..oh Rocky Top you’ll always be…..

Chip Towers

January 31st, 2011
4:59 pm

Roaddawg80: Will run a list tomorrow but Crowell is 1:30 Wednesday, Jenkins is 1 p.m. on Feb. 5, Turene 10 a.m. on Wed., Richardson unknown right now, Wright 1:30 Wed. . . . Apparently Jadeveon Clowney, the consensus No. 1 guy in America, is going to wait until his birthday on Feb. 14.

Shonuff

January 31st, 2011
5:17 pm

Save the history lessons. “last 4 out of 5 years” – those stats are a joke. It’s obvious that Auburn is trending up, Georgia is trending down. Keep bringing up statistics from the past if it makes you feel better about your team.

grantparkgator

January 31st, 2011
5:27 pm

DT John Jenkins on if he favors UGA over UF: “Nah, it’s hard. UGA and UF are pretty much even. Imma need some time alone for this one.

Pacific Dawg

January 31st, 2011
5:40 pm

Shonuff

With all the players Auburn loses and potential probation hanging over their heads, I think Auburn is the one trending down!

Pacific Dawg

January 31st, 2011
5:48 pm

Shonuff

Auburn isn’t really trending down. More like a turd in the toiletbowl after handle has been pushed.

DIT

January 31st, 2011
5:51 pm

“Auburn isn’t really trending down. More like a turd in the toiletbowl after handle has been pushed.”
______________
Dawg fan or not that was good!

PacificDawg-South

January 31st, 2011
6:17 pm

Does anyone know when “Tombstone” Papulu is going to announce on Wed? I hear if him and Big John Jenkins go to Georgia, they will most likely redshirt the “Tombstone.”

Flatwoods Dawg

January 31st, 2011
6:58 pm

PacificDawg-South

With the time difference in Samoa. It will be around 11PM our time.

Shonuff

January 31st, 2011
7:18 pm

Look, I’m not an Auburn fan or a Georgia fan, but that issue isn’t really debatable. Auburn just won a National Championship. Georgia just finished a losing season. Take the blinders off. Congratulations on possibly finishing in the Top 5 of recruiting rankings. I guess that is kind of like winning a National Championship…or not…

Shonuff

January 31st, 2011
7:24 pm

Auburn may fall apart this season, but at least they are coming off a National Championship. Georgia fell apart in 2010, did they win a National Championship the season before?

Shonuff

January 31st, 2011
7:28 pm

I’ll admit though, I am exciting to see what Mark Richt is capable of now that he is getting back on the “cutting edge” of football. I wonder if getting back on the “cutting edge” will cut into his tanning bed time.

Shonuff

January 31st, 2011
7:30 pm

I wonder if getting back on the “cutting edge” means Richt and Bobo will stay up all hours of the night together on XBox live playing their SEC schedule on NCAA Football 2011.

MikeP

January 31st, 2011
9:14 pm

These DullDawg fans really earn the name “Dull”. They keep trying to compare the Cam Newton investigation to the USC case, when there is no similarity.

The Newton case is similar to the case of Georgia’s A.J. Greene, both were questions of player eligibility that are quickly resolved. The only difference is that Greene got money he had to pay back, Newton got no money so there was nothing to pay back.

Auburn is no more in danger of NCAA problems due to Newton than Georgia is for Greene. Both cases are concluded.

National champs, Heisman winner, Lombardi winner, Coach of the year winner….

It’s Great to be an Auburn Tiger!

UGA Dawg 97

January 31st, 2011
10:41 pm

Good recruiting class or not, Richt will be gone before the calendar turns to 2012.