NG John Jenkins has ‘picked my school,’ will announce after night of prayer

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

419 comments Add your comment

Ohio Dawg

February 4th, 2011
3:45 pm

I think Mr. Jenkins would be a vital piece of a Georgia team that is going up against Boise State and South Carolina in their first two games.

Jon

February 4th, 2011
3:49 pm

Jack Handy

February 4th, 2011
3:54 pm

He’s all dawg

K Conley

February 4th, 2011
3:57 pm

Chip made an excellent point earlier about the defensive line not being addressed in this class, and Jenkins really changes the dynamic of the defensive front if he chooses UGA. We hope that Geathers and Bean will be ready at nose, but it’s fairly obvious this kid is ready to play. Deangelo Tyson not having to worry about that spot for which he is undersized will utilize his skills so much more. I’m not going to say it’s in the bag, but I just get the feeling that John Jenkins is meant to play NG at the University of Georgia, and the University is meant to help the kid develop and move on to the next level. We have a Coach that certain young men (Drew, Jenkins) are able to appreciate the integrity that he lives his life and coaches with. I think his family feels the same way and I think he will wear red and black. Keep the Faith!!! Go Dawgs!!!

McDawg

February 4th, 2011
3:57 pm

i always get nrevous when a kid visits the state of Florida AFTER athens

Dawgs are most in need and w/these guys only having 2yrs of eligibility seems like they would want to go to the school where they could make an immediate

Finchdawg

February 4th, 2011
3:59 pm

The guy knows how to keep it close to the vest, doesn’t he? The fact that he’s praying about it might be a good sign for Richt.

ak21

February 4th, 2011
3:59 pm

not only do we need you john, we want you in the best college town in america! bring it to ATHENS baby, be a DAWG!

Dawg fan 79

February 4th, 2011
3:59 pm

Come down to Athens Mr. Jenkins. Make the dream team complete. You are the most needed pieceto the puzzle of all.

MassiveDawg

February 4th, 2011
3:59 pm

Are we going to get him and The Kid from Pago Pago… Vasi “Tombstone” Papulu and Big John Jenkins could anchor the 3-4.

hmmm

February 4th, 2011
3:59 pm

Be is who I have been most excited about. He is crucial to our potential success.

UGAKev

February 4th, 2011
4:01 pm

If he does not go to Georgia I will be devestated. I would trade the crowell signing for him anyday…GO DAWGS!

Hike!!!

February 4th, 2011
4:04 pm

Richt gets some of his recruits because of his Christian persona . Ray Drew comes to mind. Now I see where Jenkins shares those beliefs. Factor in that Jenkins would start at UGA…and previously stated his desire to join Drew….if Richt misses out on this guy, I’ll eat my hat.

HOOCH

February 4th, 2011
4:05 pm

Vasi papula now thats a great name for a lineman LOL.

Jerry Blooger

February 4th, 2011
4:07 pm

Jenkins is key

layinlow

February 4th, 2011
4:07 pm

I say all the signs point to UGA IMHO. The fact that he has formed a tremendous bond with ray drew, his mother visited athens and loved coach richt(she wasn’t present for any other visits), and lastly he is a perfect fit for our defense and is greatly needed. I just think Jenkins is all dawg and has been for a while.

Mr. Dawg

February 4th, 2011
4:08 pm

Coach Richt has “dangled” idea of starting immediately in front of Isaiah. No dangling here. Jenkins would be a lock in the middle of the Bulldogs D-Line and would instantly have an impact. In my opinion landing him would be just as big or even bigger than Crowell in terms of what it means for 2011.

Shawn

February 4th, 2011
4:08 pm

This would be a good get for our D-line. I would like to see him and Kwame rotating and frsh at the end of games!

deep ball

February 4th, 2011
4:08 pm

He’s coming to UGA. Look for a 10+ win season next year. All the haters will be silenced by this time a year from now. The question is will they be willing to eat crow?

DawginLex

February 4th, 2011
4:08 pm

Any truth to the rumor that while praying, Jenkins needed a “sign” above. Looked up while sitting in his car at a red light and the car in front of him had Georgia license plate.

Grantham was driving around Meriden, CT all day today………..

npgator

February 4th, 2011
4:10 pm

I think he is a bulldog but we all make mistakes.

Gwinnett Dawg

February 4th, 2011
4:10 pm

WE NEED YOU JENKINS! CMON DAWG!!!

Brown

February 4th, 2011
4:11 pm

Georgia was voted #1 last year, #1 party school.

Here’s the video, Party in the UGA…Richt’s in it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GJVxFP19Gs

Barkin'Dog

February 4th, 2011
4:12 pm

The Kid from Pago Pago… Vasi “Tombstone” Papulu —

I read in a blog yesterday that this was a made up name and player to have fun with blog fans. Having done a Google search, and found NOTHING, I am convinced this player doesn’t exist. Any feedback to the contrary… inquiring minds want to know.

John Jenkins

February 4th, 2011
4:13 pm

Don’t worry Dawg fans. I’m coming to Athens!

Bama In Georgia

February 4th, 2011
4:14 pm

Why all the excitement. He is just the best JC recruit that remains unsigned. Didnt even rank in top 10.

damn

February 4th, 2011
4:15 pm

Please stop with all this “prayer” garbage! Get real. These yo-yo’s have no religious beliefs to think of. Just show me which SEC school is going to pay me the mostest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawginLex

February 4th, 2011
4:15 pm

Tombstone is indeed a made up player started on these blogs by Pacific Dawg.

Brown

February 4th, 2011
4:16 pm

Shiny happy people are in Athens. Seen the video? It’s true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYOKMUTTDdA&feature=channel

Tech Alum

February 4th, 2011
4:17 pm

As much as it “pains” me….this young man has his head on straight and will be an asset to UGa. I’m impressed with his perception regarding Gabe Wright’s antics. Georgia seems to be attracting a lot of classy athletes recently which must be a reflection of CMR and his coaches. I just hate the thought that my Jackets may have to face this guy for a few years!!!

Barkin'Dog

February 4th, 2011
4:17 pm

Mr. Dawg
February 4th, 2011 4:08 pm
Jenkins… would be just as big or even bigger than Crowell in terms of what it means for 2011.

My take is Jenkins would be as big to the Dawgs as Cam Newton was to Auburn as a Juco transfer. He would have as large an impact on their D as Cam had on the barner’s O. Love this kid!

John Jenkins… come on down to Dawg town! Woof-woof!

RAID

February 4th, 2011
4:17 pm

Will his annoucement be broadcast anywhere live?…..

DanDawg

February 4th, 2011
4:18 pm

Since he is praying about it, and I am sure Richt is praying about it… Does that mean that if he does not pick UGA that God doesn’t like Georgia Football, or doesn’t like Jenkins?

MassiveDawg

February 4th, 2011
4:19 pm

I’ve seen a write up on Vasi “Tombstone” Papulu on the International Section of Rivals… He’s a BEAST.

JAWJeRDAWG

February 4th, 2011
4:19 pm

Landing John Jenkins will truly be the key to our defensive success, and I hope his prayerful decision will lead him to Athens. Thank you for your efforts, Ray Drew, to get him to commit to UGA… Go Dawgs!

deep ball

February 4th, 2011
4:20 pm

Barkin Dog,

I like your attitude, but that’s maybe a little ambitious to compare him to Newton who was one of the most dominant college football players in recent years, but I think it would be very “fair” to compare him to Nick Fairley. Someone who has a nose for the football that will make everyone around him better by the attention he attracts. We may even actually get a linebacker to the QB up the middle this year with JJ occupying the center and guard.

Rabbi Mike

February 4th, 2011
4:21 pm

Message from above Dawgs get your house in order.

Floze

February 4th, 2011
4:22 pm

I think I’ll pray about it too.

HotDawg

February 4th, 2011
4:24 pm

I’ve heard of the “tombstone” from Pago Pago… Jamie Newberg was talking about this kid on his weekly blog/chat last week. Someone a few days ago mentioned he might be going to Junio College. Any truth to this?

Bama Mike

February 4th, 2011
4:24 pm

Since you guys are all spiritual today thinkyou could ask Jenkins and CMR when they are convering with the Allmighty if they could ask him to allow Sunday Liquor sales in Gerogia.

SAD II

February 4th, 2011
4:24 pm

John, come to UGA, we want you and need you

Buckeye

February 4th, 2011
4:25 pm

Hi Woe! Thought I’d check in here too.

NoFan

February 4th, 2011
4:25 pm

If he is all that good, he will play for some college for one season and then off to the NFL. The NFL just needs a minor league but wait, they have it in the colleges and particularly the SEC.

bgdawg

February 4th, 2011
4:26 pm

vasi is a fake player??

Worm

February 4th, 2011
4:26 pm

Barkin, You remember that April fool’s pitcher for the Mets-Sid something?-same case.

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Jergenson

February 4th, 2011
4:27 pm

Tell me more about this kid from Pago Pago…

alex

February 4th, 2011
4:29 pm

“Nick who” was referring to Nick Saban. Not Nick Fairley

Good golly

February 4th, 2011
4:29 pm

I heard that guy from Pago Pago broke both legs in a spelunking accident! Rumor has it that he reconstructed both legs with titanium nuts and bolts! Hey, if it ain’t steroids, it ain’t cheating

82Dawg

February 4th, 2011
4:30 pm

@alex …he said it was at Fairley when they asked him about it….

insider not Lowndews25

February 4th, 2011
4:31 pm

Jenkins is the key to the class as Cam and Fairly were to last years Auburn team. Go DAWGS and we plead with Mr. Jenkins Athens will be a great fit for your skills!