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Jordan Jenkins, who is considered the state’s No. 1 overall prospect by many, has heard all the conspiracy theories about the timing of his college announcement and says they are untrue.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end from Harris County High School has listed Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Auburn as his finalists. He will announce his decision on “The Next Class” show on FOX Sports South at 7 p.m. Monday – 90 minutes before his longtime co-leader, Alabama, takes the field to play for the BCS championship.

The father of the AJC Super 11 selection said that there is no connection between the scheduling of events. “Yes, everybody thinks that; we’ve heard those rumors, too,” Ronald Jenkins said with a laugh. “Actually, we were supposed to do it on Tuesday. Then the network wanted to change it to Monday, not us.

“But, no, we didn’t try to plan it as the same day that Alabama was playing. We never gave that a thought. Besides, if anything, I would think less Alabama people would be watching what Jordan does when there’s a national championship game to watch that night.”

No conspiracy theory: AJC Super 11 DE Jordan Jenkins said timing of Monday's decision has nothing to do with Alabama playing in BCS championship that night (AJC photo)

AJC Super 11 DE Jordan Jenkins said timing of Monday's decision has nothing to do with Alabama playing for BCS title that same night (AJC)

The elder Jenkins said there is no guarantee that his son will pick Alabama, which has been listed as the leader since last summer until recently. “To tell you the truth, after this week, I don’t even know where he is going to school. Jordan really likes things about all of the schools. This weekend, we’re going to sit down and go over each school again and iron out any differences. We’ll get everybody’s viewpoints in black and white out on the table. My wife and I will give our input, and it will be Jordan’s final decision to make.”

Georgia has emerged as the darkhorse candidate for Jenkins. He nearly cancelled his official visit with the Bulldogs twice because of speculation over Mark Richt’s future. Jenkins ended up making a recruiting trip in November and bonded with Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

“Georgia came at us at a different pace than the others,” the elder Jenkins said. “They were one of the first ones to offer, but we didn’t feel the same intensity early in the process as we did from the other schools. Then they came on late.

“Coach Grantham has impressed our family. He definitely let Jordan know how much he wants him there. Coach Grantham and Jordan have a few things in common outside of football, such as fishing. We like Georgia. I guarantee you that Georgia is in it for Jordan.”

UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham would have a signature recruiting moment if Jenkins picks UGA

UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham would have a signature recruiting moment if Jenkins picks UGA

This could be a defining recruiting moment for Grantham. Despite the second-half collapses by UGA’s defense in its final two games against Michigan State and LSU, Grantham is still considered one of college football’s rising stars at defensive coordinator. Some think Grantham is on track to one day to a candidate as a head coach. However, a top assistant coach hasn’t really “arrived” as a big name until he can use his reputation to make a big splash in recruiting  – either flipping a top defender committed elsewhere, or secure an elite recruit against fierce competition. Jenkins is an opportunity for Grantham to do the latter.

Grantham is a main reason why Jenkins is seriously considering UGA. He was also the coach who had the last opportunity to spout UGA’s sales pitch, flying to meet Jenkins in a Florida hotel on Friday to speak with Jenkins and his family after an all-star game. Jenkins also met with Florida’s assistants.

Back to Jenkins and conspiracy theories: His father confirmed that Jordan has not taped his announcement in advance of Monday’s show. Jenkins will travel to Atlanta and reveal his choice “live” in front of a regional TV audience.

“We’ll see what happens. I’m his father and I’m telling 100 percent that I don’t know where he’s going right now. I know where he said he’s leaning … I’ve got a funny feeling that it’s going to be interesting.”

OTHER GEORGIA RECRUITING NEWS

  • UGA and Florida are co-leaders for another one of Georgia’s top uncommitted prospects (click on story link)
  • One of Georgia Tech’s top targets, DB Elijah Shumate of New Jersey, committed to Notre Dame over Georgia Tech, Rutgers and South Carolina. You can read more here
  • Colquitt County TE Ty Smith couldn’t make it to UGA last month for the big recruiting weekend because his team was still in the playoffs. Smith has scheduled his trip for Jan. 13.
    WR Jason Croom met with Derek Dooley

    WR Jason Croom met with Derek Dooley

  • Tennessee coach Derek Dooley had an in-home visit on Thursday with Norcross WR Jason Croom, who was recently offered by Oklahoma State. I guess Croom liked whatever Dooley had to say because he’s decided against visiting Oklahoma State. He will go to Tennessee this weekend. “I am not visiting any other schools other than Tennessee,” Croom said.
  • Things are finally picking up for Grayson QB Nick Schuessler, who his coach compares to former UGA QB David Greene. Schuessler finally picked up his first offer from Middle Tennessee State, is working out an official visit to Mississippi State, and may possibly go on a trip to Ole Miss. Schuessler is a best friend of Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect for 2013.
  • Lassiter FS Kenny Orjioke (6-4, 210) committed to UCLA without ever making an official visit last month. He will make a recruiting trip to ULCA on Jan. 20, but is traveling to Arkansas this weekend. “I might take another visit on the last weekend; I’ll know after my ULCA visit,” Orjioke said. “I’m 100-percent committed to UCLA.” Orjioke, who has nearly 20 offers, skipped a year in a school and is a 16-year old senior.

    Vasty underrated TE Zach Gordon

    Vasty underrated TE Zach Gordon

  • Carrollton tight end Zach Gordon said there’s no truth to the rumors that Auburn was flirting with him. Gordon, one of the state’s top five most under-rated seniors, is committed to Wake Forest and will take this official visit this weekend. Auburn was at his high school but to scout DB Jonathan Jones, who is already committed to Tigers. Jones will take his recruiting trip to Auburn this weekend.
  • Woodward Academy DT Jordan Watkins, who committed to Stanford over UGA, took his official visit with the Cardinal for the Notre Dame game. He may go back to Stanford for an unofficial visit this weekend.
  • Central of Carrollton DT Pat Gamble said he is 100-percent committed to Georgia Tech and has no plans to visit anywhere else. Gamble took his official visit with the Yellow Jackets last month.
  • Lithonia OL Joe Harris, who committed to South Carolina over UGA, will take his official visit to South Carolina this weekend. No other trips are planned.
  • Eastside DE Sheldon Rankins, who broke his leg during his senior season, will take an official visit to Wake Forest on Jan. 20.

    Tennessee-bound LB Justin King

    Tennessee-bound LB Justin King

  • Others taking official visits to schools they are committed to: Tucker LB Jacob Sealand to Vanderbilt on Jan. 20, Dunwoody LB Justin King to Tennessee this weekend, Brookwood RB Nick Tompkins to Michigan State on Jan. 20, Cairo DB TJ Gurley on Jan.13, Callaway TE Ricky Parks to Auburn on Friday, Flowery Branch QB Kanler Coker to East Carolina on Friday, Collins Hill WR Nick England to Florida International on Friday, East Paulding DE LaDarius Banks to Vanderbilt on Jan. 20, Stephenson DB Kyle Fleetwood to South Carolina this weekend, North Gwinnett DT Jordan Washington to Mississippi State on Jan. 20, Stephenson DE Jarontay Jones to Virginia Tech on Jan. 27, Stephenson WR DeMarcus Sweat to Kentucky on Jan. 20, Buford DB CJ Moore to Virginia on Jan. 20, Lassiter WR Charlie Hedegus to NC State this weekend,
  • Central Gwinnett WR Malachi Jones will take trips to Louisiana-Monroe on Jan. 13 and Appalachian State on Jan. 20. He’s also talking with Georgia Tech, Central Florida and Toledo. His older brother plays at Notre Dame.
  • Sandy Creek RB-DB Mike Hilton has stuck with his commitment to Ole Miss through the coaching change. He only has one official visit scheduled for now: Jan. 20 to Ole Miss.
  • Carver-Columbus DT Derious Bennett has visits scheduled for Middle Tennessee State on Jan. 13 and Colorado State on Jan. 20.
  • Buford long snapper Reid Ferguson, who is committed to LSU, has graduated early and will move to the LSU on Wednesday

    LB Raphael Kirby enrolls at Miami on Jan. 17

    LB Raphael Kirby enrolls at Miami on Jan. 17

  • Stephenson LB Raphael Kirby has graduated from high school and will enroll at Miami on Jan. 17.
  • ML King safety Jarnor Jones, who flipped his commitment from Middle Tennessee State to NC State after taking an official visit, might go see the Wolfpack again. “I might do it just to get more comfortable up there but I haven’t decided when,” Jones said.
  • Milton DE Josh Manley will visit Syracuse on Friday. “I have a new school on my radar close to offering me and that’s UCLA,” Manley said. “I’ve talked with one of the coaches and he said he likes what he sees on film. He would love to get me there.  He’s going to show my film to the other coaches there.”
  • Coffee County QB Will Gardner was committed to Louisville when he suffered a season-ending knee injury. Gardner said he was told by Louisville that it would still honor the scholarship and he will visit there this weekend.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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369 comments Add your comment

Joseph

January 8th, 2012
3:47 pm

TossSweep

January 8th, 2012
3:50 pm

weak

January 8th, 2012
3:52 pm

big dawg

January 8th, 2012
3:53 pm

how bout those falcons?

Remarkable

January 8th, 2012
3:54 pm

I voted with my heart. I hope Jordan will play in Athens and wear the Red and Black. He did a lot for Harris County and will do a lot for his college team too.

ATL Dawg

January 8th, 2012
3:55 pm

Just remember that Bama Defensive Coordinator, Kirby Smart, has announced that he is ready to make the move to be a head coach. So he probably will not be at Bama for very long if you decide to go there.

Graydawg

January 8th, 2012
3:56 pm

Buck the trend. Dawgs need kids who want to represent this great state. Go Dawgs!!

RTR22

January 8th, 2012
3:57 pm

It will no go your way puppies…. Roll Tide

dirty birds are crying

January 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

Stay in state! Rep your state! Feel good knowing your scholarship is honored by a honest man & u won’t be mysteriously cut if stub your toe, or sneeze wrong at practice! FORGET THE REST…UGA IS BEST!!

ATL Dawg

January 8th, 2012
4:01 pm

Dap01

January 8th, 2012
4:15 pm

Alabama already had 26 commits and only 25 slots to fill. Why can they so blantantly break rules and there is no consequences?

Saban will dump a few players this summer. Saban steps over convulsing players. Classy man

Troup Co. Dawg

January 8th, 2012
4:18 pm

Give the HC job to Grantham and send the Offense packin’ !!!! Sic and tired of this lame offense!

Jordan Jenkins

January 8th, 2012
4:22 pm

Hey guys, im not picking UGA… Uga has a great defense but its always not going to get enough credit because of Mike Bobo. Have you seen the overall offensive stats for Bobos offense. If ur smart, u will know what im talking about. If Mark Richt fired Bobo, i would probly come! But im all Gator, Muschamp has promised me starting time and i want to help them get the number 1 recruiting class this year, my boy Josh Harvey Clemons and Avery Young will join me!!! And i def dont want to pick Alabam, they already have 26 commits… are u serious? Nick Saban is a Crook.. What a piece of white trash Brother is!!!

Dawg48

January 8th, 2012
4:22 pm

I really think he is going to Georgia!

JDawg1785

January 8th, 2012
4:25 pm

Hope he stays instate and makes a big impact at UGA. Good luck with your decision, Jordan. Go Dawgs!

topdawg

January 8th, 2012
4:28 pm

Alabama has 27 commits now that Collins committed. I guess Slive is a figurehead with no ruling power to do anything. You know Alabama will get 5-7 more last minute commits to boot. They get away with it so why not?

Saban Never Sleeps

January 8th, 2012
4:29 pm

if you go to uga you will learn to be an under performer.. Plenty of proof so I will not bother to list.

Bean Counter

January 8th, 2012
4:30 pm

If he selects Alabama he will have a different defensive coordinator and head coach before he graduates from college. Grantham is on the edge of creating one of the best defenses in the country and it would be great to see Jordan become a major part of the plan. Come to UGA and grow to be great with us.

Heard it here

January 8th, 2012
4:31 pm

Done deal to UF.

Dawg48

January 8th, 2012
4:37 pm

Jordan Jenkins

January 8th, 2012
4:39 pm

I think you guys are making sense, K.Smart did say he is ready to be a head coach. To think about it, Muschamp has basically no offensive coordinator. What was i thinking, in my heart i want to be apart of the Junk Yard defense. Maybe we could bring back GATA!!!!!! I bet i would look good with that sexy red helmet with that big G, representing my home state.. I see how they have used Alec Tree in the last 2 years.. I could be apart of that defense and contribute early and often!!! Hometown Hero sounds good!!!

Jordan Jenkins

January 8th, 2012
4:44 pm

Oh and I just heard that Josh Harvey Clemons was recruiting fot UGA in San Antonio TX trying to get Mike Davis at Georgia.

pj

January 8th, 2012
4:45 pm

These kids read these blogs. They google their names often. I promise you 100% this is being read by Jordan.
From a Dawg fan who can step back and not act like a redneck moron… Jordan – go where you feel most comfortable. Dawg fans think Grantham has what it takes to get players to succeed and position them to get to the NFL – and that’s true – Grantham has a big time record in this regard.
Richt is staying. Your coaching staff will be there to guide you through your time @ uga. Alabama – no way Kirby stays. Florida? The head coach is iffy as of now. We need 2 big time Defensive lineman to take us into the next few years – playing time in your last 3 years (3 time all SEC) seems obvious.
Athens is an amazing town. I grew up in it. Culture and education is big. I worry about towns like Clemson and Auburn – there is nothing there.

Jordan – you’re a great football player. Go wherever you feel you should. Seems like the University of Georgia is a good fit for your abilities.

T. Gurley

January 8th, 2012
4:48 pm

Follow me to UNC and follow in the footsteps of Lawrence Taylor, Julius Peppers, Robert Quinn, Coples. Hard to beat that list.

KPD

January 8th, 2012
4:49 pm

Yeah, Bama oversigns and UGA can’t stop crying about it. Guess that’s the sort of inferiority complex bred over 30 plus years of underachieving. Start winning and stop whining. UGA complains more about Bama more than Auburn does. Pathetic.

nub

January 8th, 2012
4:51 pm

Bama Wins Championships. UGA wins coaches salaries increases. Jenkins is Bama bound. Bank on it!

KDP

January 8th, 2012
4:52 pm

So your admitting bama cheats then?

oakisland

January 8th, 2012
5:00 pm

To: Jordan Jenkins and his parents: Who do you trust more for setting examples in life Nick Saban or Coach Richt? After football, I bet Saban wont even know the names of most of his players if he met them on the street. The image he projects is win at all costs and the heck with the rules, grey shirts, oversigning, making promises to kids that will not be kept. I love to win as much as anyone but not the Alabama way. Besides after football, where would you rather live Georgia or Alabama?

ESPN

January 8th, 2012
5:00 pm

Hey BAMA, yeah yall made it to BSC game 2 years ago and won it.. congrats… but we here at the world wide of sports has a little snag with you!!! Nick Saban made a deal if we got him into the championship game this year, he would hook us up. Well, we got yall there and Nick Saban has not reurned our phone calls!!!!!!!! Do you really think BAMA really would have made it this year without us,, ha.. no way!!!!!!!!! We have been wearing and hyping that lsu bama game part 1 for months. i mean we put nick saban on live tv multiple times so he could politic why bama is the 2nd best team. Did u see Mike Gundy on our station (espn) nooo.. we wouldnt allow it. You shouldnt be in this Bama and you dont deserve to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Theories you say!

January 8th, 2012
5:02 pm

Kirby Smart will be Bama HC next week once Saban goes to Texas.

Truth

January 8th, 2012
5:06 pm

@ T Gurley

No, not very hard at all…

Nimrod Dawg

January 8th, 2012
5:07 pm

Jordan Love is leaving Georgia? That’s about a dozen players that Richt has run off this year. I wonder what this guy did? Anybody know?

2012 Recruits

January 8th, 2012
5:08 pm

Josh Harvey Clemons, Jordan Jenkins, Avery Young, Todd Gurley, Mike Davis
Come to UGA, Uptown is awesome and they dont check ids. Top 5 party school every year!!! Girls are wild and hot!!!!!! Yall can get girls like keith marshall gf in athens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Party all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGGGSSSSSSSSSS

Dawg48

January 8th, 2012
5:09 pm

Dawg48

January 8th, 2012
5:12 pm

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Alabama Cheating Again
Posted by DawgBarkCEO on 1/6/2012 7:09:20 AM

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The SEC Presidents voted to change the scholarship limit from 28 to 25 in the preseason SEC Meetings. Alabama is once again ignoring this limit with the addition of Cyrus Jones and Landon Collins in the Under Armour All-American Bowl. They now officially have 26 commitments. So the question is who will they force to grey-shirt or who will they withdrawal scholarship offers from. With several more prospects, including UGA target Jordan Jenkins, one must wonder how many players Alabama will sign. Is his scholarship on the table?

We thought that the new limit of 25 would curb oversigning but it looks like it is simply an obstacle that can easily be ran over by Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Their own president who voted for the 25 scholarship limit does not even step in. It will be interesting to see if LSU follows suit like they have in recent years and oversign. It is no surprise why UGA was worn down by LSU in the second half. It is no surprise why those two teams are playing in the national championship game.

Is there any way to stop oversigning?

Special K

January 8th, 2012
5:15 pm

Pups you gotta pick another angle. Give it up. BAMA owns you.

Special K

January 8th, 2012
5:16 pm

Agree Nimrod Dawg. Pups are doing the same thing with players but the pups seem to ignore this.

roughrider

January 8th, 2012
5:21 pm

I wish he would pick UGA but am afraid he is going to Alabama.

Tampa Gator

January 8th, 2012
5:24 pm

Bama will sign 45 recruits this year….what rule???? Then kick twenty 3rd team, former 5 star recruits off the team…..then half of them transfer to North Alabama and the other half transfer to South Alabama. Then, Jacksonville State calls Auburn to see if they can get some “transfers.”

Alabama….feeder school for Division II schools.

sportzfan

January 8th, 2012
5:29 pm

“It is no suprise why UGA was worn down by LSU in second half.”…..pleaese explain. How many players did UGA have on sidelines, and how many did LSU have? It’s called, coaching, four qts of playing…..and quality of players on field. Get over it, if you get beat, you get beat !!

MattMD

January 8th, 2012
5:31 pm

Hey, let’s not feed these little egos who have NEVER played a down of college football or anything.

“Leaders” and “Finalists”, what a joke. Once you sign, the school owns you boy, never forget that.

Dawg48

January 8th, 2012
5:33 pm

Tampa Gator

We have found common ground brother!

Lol

Dinkdunk

January 8th, 2012
5:43 pm

Harvey Updyke’s favorite team is on their way backto mediocrity.

FRED

January 8th, 2012
5:47 pm

Well he is not coming to UGA if he wants to win a national championship. Never with CMR.

RRTDawgs

January 8th, 2012
5:55 pm

I just don’t have any idea were he is going UGA has made a late surge but my guess is Bama this 2012 class has been hard to figure out i am glad we got Marshall it does not look like we are getting Yuri Wright just don’t have a good feeling about this one .

Brown Dog

January 8th, 2012
6:02 pm

Tampa Gator

January 8th, 2012
5:24 pm

Bama will sign 45 recruits this year….what rule???? Then kick twenty 3rd team, former 5 star recruits off the team…..then half of them transfer to North Alabama and the other half transfer to South Alabama. Then, Jacksonville State calls Auburn to see if they can get some “transfers.”

Alabama….feeder school for Division II schools.

Tampa Gator, I thought you were better than this.

Brown Dog

January 8th, 2012
6:06 pm

Some of your Georgia fans sound like absolute children. It couldn’t be that Nick Saban works harder and runs a far better program than Mark Richt. It has to be because he cheats.

Maturity, try it some time.

fellow dawg fans dont get your hopes up

January 8th, 2012
6:11 pm

I would love for him to joing Josh Harvey Clemmons to be our Olb’s of the future, but its not going to happen. I dont have any inside info or anything, but I have read things that just dont seem right. This whole situation just does not feel good at all. I dont want anyone getting too exited, then when he says Alabama you start disrespecting the kid. If he chooses Georgia, then ill be just as excited as I was last year when Mitchell committed after I thought he was going to Bama

Big Bad Bama

January 8th, 2012
6:21 pm

Hey Jenkins! Cmon over and play for a national title instead of just being happy to win the east.I wished they had placed those barners and us in the east but you puppies would never go for that

Moobs Johnson

January 8th, 2012
6:25 pm

Al Groh isn’t pulling his weight – not even on this kid’s radar.