Grantham: John Jenkins will ‘make immediate impact’ on defense … and might play a bit on offense

ATHENS — Todd Grantham might have been the happiest guy in Stegeman Coliseum for Saturday’s Georgia-Auburn basketball game.

The Georgia football team’s defensive coordinator found out for sure Saturday afternoon that he will have 6-foot-4, 340-pound junior-college star John Jenkins at nose guard next season.

“I think he’ll make an immediate impact,” Grantham said in an interview at halftime of the basketball game.

Grantham wasn’t surprised that Jenkins chose Georgia, but “you never really know until it’s official. We knew he liked us a lot. We knew he felt like this was home. We thought we [showed] him he was needed and how he could fit in.”

Jenkins, who starred the past two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, announced his decision to sign with Georgia at a news conference at his former high school in Connecticut.   UGA confirmed that it has, indeed, received Jenkins’ signed letter of intent.

Grantham said the addition of Jenkins will allow the Bulldogs to move DeAngelo Tyson from nose to defensive end, his preferred position in the 3-4 defense.

“What it does is, [it] allows us to add a bigger man to the front,” Grantham said. “Because size does matter, and I think he’ll help fill a need for us.”

While the need is for a nose, Grantham didn’t rule out the possibility of Jenkins also getting a bit of action on . . . offense.

“There might be a play or two for him,” a grinning Grantham said.  “If you look back, there have been some big guys that have lined up in the backfield before.”

On Jenkins’ reported desire to wear jersey No. 6, a still-grinning Grantham said: “If you’re gonna play in the backfield, you’ve gotta have an eligible number, right?”

On another topic, Grantham said Georgia “obviously could go a couple different ways” in filling the defensive coaching position vacated by the departure this week of inside linebackers coach Warren Belin to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

“We’re basically in the process of looking at it right now,” Grantham said. “We’re going to hire the best person for Georgia and the best fit for Georgia.”

Although Belin coached inside linebackers, the job posting placed Friday on UGA’s employment website identifies the open position as a defensive-ends coach. That would seem to suggest a shuffling of defensive coaching responsibilities is at least being contemplated, but Grantham said: “I wouldn’t put any stock in that. We’re going to hire the best person for Georgia.”

– Tim Tucker, The UGA Blog

159 comments Add your comment

Mountain Dawg

February 5th, 2011
3:17 pm

Would love to see Jenkins at fullback on a foourth and one situation!

Mountain Dawg

February 5th, 2011
3:18 pm

That was a #1!

Bulldog Sam

February 5th, 2011
3:19 pm

Daniel's Dawgs

February 5th, 2011
3:20 pm

ohh yeah 30 weeks to go…. GATA

D A DoubleU G

February 5th, 2011
3:22 pm

The team this will help us out the most against is Georgia Tech.

We did a pretty good job of shutting down their Option last year, i.e. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KDrPUcUsFY

Where Tech (much like South Carolina) got us last year was running their big men (Anthony Allen and Marcus Lattimore) straight up the gut, chipping away 5 and 9 yard pickups at will.

With Jenkins at the Nose, and Linebackers like Richard Samuel and Jarvis Johns blitzing up the middle, that type of run game will not happen against us.

This was the most important recruit in terms of instant impact. AND WE GOT HIM!!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

58dawg

February 5th, 2011
3:23 pm

We were close in every game, could have won every game . The worst game we had was from lack of effort was the bowl game. With these young extremely talented young athletes we should, can, will win 9 or 10 games. Reminds me of Satan’s 2nd year at bama..Go You Hairy Dawgs!!!!

Disgruntled Yellow Jacket

February 5th, 2011
3:27 pm

But we beat UGA in 2008!!!

Disgruntled Yellow Jacket

February 5th, 2011
3:28 pm

But our team QUIT last year to give you a TD!!! We “outcoached” you!!!!!

Ted Striker

February 5th, 2011
3:30 pm

Great signing class.

Dean Tate

February 5th, 2011
3:34 pm

Welcome, young Dogs. Let’s get to work.

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Big dawg

February 5th, 2011
3:35 pm

This is big for the Dawgs.

Now….75,000 Dawg fans at the Ga Dome to watch us kick Boise States butt!!

HoustonTxDawg

February 5th, 2011
3:36 pm

We are about to witness a transformation like no other. A PRIMO Nose Guard with Jarvis Jones, Samuel, Robinson, Herrera. Now we can let Rev. Ray come frome the outside like Houston did because we do have Cornelius Washington on the other side along with a more improved secondary. We have big hitters and we have more speed than i have seen in a long time. Let’s Get It!!!!!!!!!!GO DAWGS!!!!!! Thanks Rev. Ray for your recruiting efforts now keep everybody out of trouble this summer PLEASE.

D A DoubleU G

February 5th, 2011
3:38 pm

Yes, I do want to send a BIG thank you to Ray Drew!!!

I wish there was a Ray in every class.

DawginOH

February 5th, 2011
3:50 pm

58dawg, I hear you. Y’all saw what a difference Cody made in Bama’s 3-4 in 2008 and 2009. I’m sure that Jenkins is that kind of impact player.

This is just the news that the Bulldog Nation needed!

Original BullDawg

February 5th, 2011
3:51 pm

I am pumped………….. This was the most important recruit we needed to sign. This will be a complete transformation of the Defense. We should definitely have a chance to win the East as Richt addressed all of the weaknesses on our team. Also, your only as good as the people you surround yourself with. Go Dawgs.

Big L

February 5th, 2011
3:52 pm

Kellen Moore. Meet the Georgia Dome turf. Say hello. Get real good and aquainted. Yall are gonna be getting together alot.

D A DoubleU G

February 5th, 2011
3:53 pm

We just need to Strength and Conditioning coaches to WEAR THEM OUT this Spring, and keep them out of the downtown bars.

I am more than willing to bet there is a zero-tolerance in place right now.

D A DoubleU G

February 5th, 2011
3:55 pm

Kellen Moore,

Sorry you lost all your weapons this year to the NFL. Hope you have time to get a pass off.

Mr. Dawg

February 5th, 2011
3:58 pm

Congratulations to the Bulldogs. Congrulations John Jenkins. This recruiting class just went from great to exceptional. Coach Richt and his staff are to be highly commended for staying the course and laying the foundation for a future the Bulldog Nation can be excited about. I lost confidence in last year’s team. But I have never wavered in my support for Mark Richt. Today I feel like I will have the last laugh over those who gave up on one of the best college coaches in the country.

Bill RpH

February 5th, 2011
4:01 pm

To Disgruntled Yellow Jacket, we’ll give you one every 5 years or so….

UGA4EVER

February 5th, 2011
4:05 pm

This goes to show you it’s not about the record it’s about the school GOOOO DAWGSSSSSSSSS

Barkin'Dog

February 5th, 2011
4:10 pm

Time to hunker down and finish the drill – more than a SEC Title, more than a MNC, I want to shut up the haters and make the ESPN talkin’ heads acknowledge the Dawgs again. But I’ll take the titles too ;-)

gem dawg

February 5th, 2011
4:12 pm

Ohhhh, man, does this mean no more FG on a fourth a less than one inside the 5? I must say for Richt to recruit a class like this coming off a losing record is remarkable. Maybe this means the signees know more about football than the doom and gloom posters.

The Dude Abides

February 5th, 2011
4:13 pm

I know one thing, Grantham WONT be yelling at Jenkins on the sideline. Cause he’s going to dominate.

Dawg

February 5th, 2011
4:15 pm

Wrong numbnuts, it is all about the coaches we have at UGA.

Dawgfan2012

February 5th, 2011
4:15 pm

I am so ready to see BSU get destroyed in the Georgia Dome Next season. GO DAWGS!!!!!

The Dude Abides

February 5th, 2011
4:20 pm

IF Richt doesnt get the job done this year we have a coach in waiting in Grantham. He knows how to cut to the core of the players.

Freddy

February 5th, 2011
4:26 pm

Big thumbs up to the Dawgs for a great class. Can’t wait until Game 1

Dawg

February 5th, 2011
4:29 pm

The dude abides is a fool

Mike

February 5th, 2011
4:34 pm

Congrats to University of Georgia leading the Nation, #1 again, with 8 invites to NFL combine.

http://www.mrsec.com/2011/02/nfl-releases-combine-list/

The Dude Abides

February 5th, 2011
4:34 pm

IF RICHT DOESNT GET IT DONE! IF! Who would you want to take over if Richts gone? Thought so.

Steve Superior

February 5th, 2011
4:36 pm

This guy will need to hit the weight room and work off some of his baby fat. Im not too worried about him against my chickens.

dbc

February 5th, 2011
4:37 pm

Jenkins’ coach at Gulf Coast said he’s even more athletic than Mt. Cody. I hope CMR incorporates more game-type scrimmages this year in practice. We need a D that can hit and hit hard for 4 quarters. And I can’t even imagine Figgins blocking for Big John down near the goal line. UGA football could actually become FUN again!

va.dawg

February 5th, 2011
4:43 pm

Actually not much has changed for the last couple of years. Pretty much the same coaches from last year. We mush remember and certainly THIS coaching staff that they must coach this team UP and start a winning tradition at Ga. This is not the case now nor will it be until a descent coaching staff is installed.

Mike

February 5th, 2011
4:44 pm

Jumbo Jenkins.

Welcome aboard big fella.

SOS DAWG

February 5th, 2011
4:46 pm

Mike…. This is another reason Richt must go. 8 invites to the NFL combines from a team that was 6 – 7 and lost to Central Friggin Florida. Pathetic.

tell me again

February 5th, 2011
4:51 pm

say what you want – this recruiting haul is a top notch job by this coaching staff….we recruited as if we just won a national championship. Great job by CMR.

Dawg

February 5th, 2011
4:54 pm

This announcement made my day. Now go ahead and run your butt up the middle.

BobDawg

February 5th, 2011
5:11 pm

Va. Dawg… you need an attitude adjustment, my friend!!! I’m calling out all those living in the past… 2010 is done… Get your butt in line for Boise/Dawg Tickets in the Dome…GO DAWGS!!!!

CHUCK UGA

February 5th, 2011
5:17 pm

Someone from Auburn is accusing us of cheating to get Jenkins. Imagine that coming out of Payola University, Bobby “Win at Any Co$t” Lowder.

Real UGA Fan

February 5th, 2011
5:24 pm

I cant believe i’m still seeing people calling for Richt’s job…. can you so called fans please … ohhh please …. tell me who would replace him? … Do you know how many recruits we would lose if we got ride of him … and after this recruiting class? … you Richt haters have to learn something about football real fast or all UGA fans are in trouble!

Dawg

February 5th, 2011
5:28 pm

Jenkins wont even be in athens until sometime in JUNE. How the heck is going to get acclimated in time for the kickoff classic at the dome?????? Seems to me he needs to be in athens for spring practice.

CJDawg

February 5th, 2011
5:32 pm

As much as I love the athleticism of our recruits, I am much more impressed by the quality of their character. We have the ultimate leader in Richt as far as character goes. I feel something special happening.

Dawg

February 5th, 2011
5:33 pm

Real UGA Fan, I agree is sooooooooooooo yesterday for these fools to continue calling for Richts head and the same thing goes these fools that write these blogs on the ajc. Richt has nothing to prove. He has already proven he is a great recruiter and a great head coach playing for multiple sec schampionships.

lanier

February 5th, 2011
5:34 pm

ah the gushing love. with that staff they may 8-4. the dawgs just arn’t on the radar outside of Georgia

Go Dawgs

February 5th, 2011
5:34 pm

OH YOU JOHN JENKINS……my God a JC transfer…..

Dawg

February 5th, 2011
5:36 pm

CJDawg, get off your high horse. That crap gets old. I’m much impressed by the quality of their character. Please fool, you would want Richts but run out on a rail if he loses with a bunch of yuppies.

Prince of Alabama

February 5th, 2011
5:51 pm

Still can’t beat any teams in Alabama!!

Walter Sobchak

February 5th, 2011
6:01 pm

I can’t wait to watch the Refrigerator Jenkins carry the ball on 3rd and goal from the 1. Get it six!