Monday was a rough day for Clemson in the state of Georgia.
Two wide receivers from the state that had been committed to Clemson decided to go to other schools.
Lassiter High School’s Ryan Jenkins flipped from Clemson (where his brother plays) to Tennessee (where his father played).
Demarcus Robinson also ended the year’s wildest recruiting soap opera.
The AJC Super 11 wide receiver from Peach County High School originally committed to Clemson, switched to Florida, changed back to Clemson, de-committed last week from the Tigers at an all-star while wearing a Florida hat, was set to announce for a fourth time on NBC on Saturday but canceled because he wasn’t ready, then announced on Twitter on Monday that he would be enrolling that same day at Florida.
I love my gators can’t wait to arrive on campus!
— Demarcus Robinson (@demarcus11robin) January 7, 2013
Jenkins made up his mind after visiting Tennessee last weekend. “After spending time with the coaches and walking around the campus, I knew Tennessee was where my heart was,” he told the AJC.
It wasn’t easy to make the phone call to Clemson. “You know, it was very tough, because it’s a big lifetime decision. But at the end of the day, it’s a business and you have to do what’s best for you.”
His brother, Marty Jenkins, plays defensive back at Clemson. “He told me to just go where I am happy. He’s happy for me.”
His father, Lee Jenkins, played at Tennessee and later in the NFL. “It’s cool to play where my dad played. But even if my dad didn’t play at Tennessee, I would still be going there.”
What grabbed his heart about Tennessee? “It was just everything – my relationship with the coaches, the atmosphere and energy up there, just the whole feeling I go when I was up there. I knew that was where I wanted to be.”
Jenkins is a Tennessee legacy but didn’t have an offer from the team’s previous staff, headed by Derek Dooley. Jenkins is a 4-star and ranked as the nation’s No. 298 overall prospect by ESPN.
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