National signing day was a huge day for thousands of prospects nationwide and millions of college football fans. But for John Jenkins it was pretty much a regular day in Perkinston, Miss.
“I was in class most of the day,” said Jenkins, the 6-foot-4, 340-pound junior college nose guard, who Georgia and half the Southeastern Conference still hopes to sign. “I got a chance to see a couple of people sign. I got to see the last of the Isaiah [Crowell] signing. That was pretty cool.”
What Jenkins did NOT think was so cool was what Crowell’s teammate Gabe Wright did immediately following Crowell’s announcement ESPNU. Wright wore an Auburn cap backward where a stitched-in message could be seen.
“I thought that was pretty bold of that defensive lineman to wear a hat that says ‘Nick Who?,’ said Jenkins, who, ironically, could not recall Wright’s name. “I was talking to my Pops and everybody and we were like, ‘Man, that was kind of bold of that kid.’ Nick Fairley is going to be like No. 1 or No. 2 overall [in the NFL draft], right? For a freshman to come out and say that was kind of bold. But that’s just my opinion.”
Auburn, as it turns out, is one of Jenkins’ finalists. So are the Bulldogs, Florida and Miami. They beat out Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and many others to make Jenkins’ final cut. At one time Jenkins was committed to Oklahoma State.
Jenkins, the No. 6 junior college prospect in America, according to Rivals.com, could have gone ahead and made his announcement on Wednesday, too. He already knows where he’s going to sign. But he wanted to return to his roots to do it. He will unveil his decision at 1 p.m. during an ceremony at his alma mater, Maloney High, in Meriden, Conn.
“At this point I feel like I have decided; I’ve picked my school,” said Jenkins, shortly after getting out of class at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Friday. “But I’m just gonna get in one last prayer tonight before I go to sleep before tomorrow. I’ll just pray that I’m making the right decision, which I believe I am, and just go with it after that.”
Jenkins declined to provide any kind of hints as to what his final decision will be. He said recruiting has been an enjoyable experience and that he could not have gone wrong no matter which way he decided to go.
Asked if Georgia fans should closely follow his announcement, Jenkins laughed.
“I don’t see why not,” he said. “They’ve been keeping up so far.”
By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog