Jordan Jenkins, who is a candidate to be Georgia’s No. 1 overall college football prospect, may be close to the end of his recruiting journey.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end from Harris County High School made an unofficial visit to Alabama last weekend, and is headed to Florida this Saturday. Alabama and Florida are the co-leaders for Jenkins, followed by Auburn, UGA and Tennessee.
“I think after this Florida visit, I think his announcement is nearing,” his father, Ronald Jenkins, told the AJC. “I anticipate it definitely before the end of the season, in my opinion, or right after the end of the season. I really think he’s getting closer to his decision.
“Next Saturday at Florida is going to go a long way in his decision process, even though February is a long ways away. The visit to Florida will help clear his head on a few things.”
Harris, an AJC Super 11 selection, has official visits scheduled for Tennessee (Oct. 7), Auburn (Oct. 14), Alabama (Nov. 4), UGA (Nov. 11) and Florida (Nov. 25). Does this mean that Jenkins could announce his college decision before finishing his visits?
“Anything is possible,” the elder Jenkins said. “I myself think he should complete all his official visits. He needs to sit down and evaluate everybody. I think he needs to study depth charts and the possibility of playing early. You always want the possibility of playing early if you can. Every one of his finalists offers what he wants to major in (engineering). Some degrees are better than others. Some rank higher academically. Recruiting is a hard and difficult process.”
Alabama and Florida remain the schools to beat for Jenkins.
“Alabama and Florida are definitely on a higher plateau than some of the other schools,” said his father. “I think Auburn is closely trailing, and there’s Georgia.
“We all like Todd Grantham,” said the elder Jenkins, referring to UGA’s defensive coordinator. “Todd has made a big impression on all of us, coming to Georgia from the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas is my team and Grantham is a very impressive guy, both off and on the field.”
Jenkins has been clocked at 4.53 in the 40, has a vertical jump of 39.5 inches, can power clean nearly 400 pounds, and has around a 86-inch wingspan
Here’s our AJC Super 11 video on Jenkins
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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