NG John Jenkins working hard in preparation of June arrival at UGA

John Jenkins signs his letter-of-intent to attend Georgia as his mother Maryanne Baker looks on. (Photo by Scout.com)

John Jenkins signs his letter-of-intent to attend Georgia as his mother Maryanne Baker looks on. (Photo by Scout.com)

John Jenkins has heard the rumors and, quite frankly, he’s not too happy about them.

The big nose guard from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, who was one of the most heralded members of Georgia’s 2011 signing class, is presently back home in Meriden, Conn., getting ready to join the Bulldogs this summer. But even up there in what he describes as a very intensely focused environment, he has been hearing the scuttlebutt that an apparent academic snafu had jeopardized his eligibility at UGA.

“Yeah, I don’t know exactly where that came from,” Jenkins said Tuesday. “Everything is good. Everything is straight. I’ll be there in June. All it is is rumors. I don’t know where it starts. Regardless, I’m going to be playing against Boise State and that’s all I’m thinking about right now.”

Jenkins, a 6-foot-4, 360-pound JUCO All-American, is expected to be a big difference maker for the Bulldogs. Along with redshirt sophomore Kwame Geathers, he’s expected to give them the push in the middle of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense they were previously lacking.

Jenkins said he knows he’s being counted on and he is preparing accordingly.

“I’m on Coach T’s [Joe Tereshinski] workout plan, but I’m going beyond that,” he said. “I’m working out three times a day. I’m lifting weights and doing a lot of running and conditioning. I want to be in good shape when I get there. Everybody just needs to chill.”

Just to double-check, I talked to Jenkins’ coach at MGCCC.

“You can go ahead and squash all that,” coach Steve Campbell said. “Of course, each kid has to go through an admissions committee and all that’s going on about right now. But he graduated from here and Big John’s going to be fine. We haven’t had anybody not make it yet.”

Meanwhile, Jenkins said he finds all the rumor and innuendo annoying.

“I get people asking me about this and asking me about that and it’s like people are just predetermining things,” he said. “I’d just say if you don’t see me at Georgia, then you can start worrying. But I’m going to be down there June 3 with my teammates getting ready for Boise State and South Carolina and everybody else.”

256 comments Add your comment

Spike

May 17th, 2011
11:41 am

Oh, I was close! GATA!! Big Man!!

dawgman

May 17th, 2011
11:42 am

First and get em big’un

Spike

May 17th, 2011
11:43 am

First? Yeah, baby!

Cuz

May 17th, 2011
11:44 am

Working out three times a day? I foresee some pain come the Boise game.

ryan

May 17th, 2011
11:46 am

Thank god he will be in Athens in June this is great news sounds like he studying hard he is good kid can’t wait for him destroy everyone in his path go dawgs .

LC Dawg

May 17th, 2011
11:47 am

Great news!!

Shame on whatever pathetic loser started those rumors.

(Looking at you, North Ave)

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 17th, 2011
11:48 am

Welcome to Athens “Big John Stud” Jenkins! #6 in Da House!

Chip Towers

May 17th, 2011
11:52 am

FORMER BULLDOG JAKE SCOTT SELECTED FOR INDUCTION INTO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. The defensive back/kick returner becomes the 16th player/coach from UGA make it into the Hall. Others: Glenn “Pop” Warner, Bob McWhorter, Frank Sinkwich, Charley Trippi, Vernon “Catfish” Smith, Bill hartman, Fran Tarkenton, Vince Dooley, Wally Butts, Herschel Walker, Bill Stanfill, Terry Hoage, Kevin Butler, John Rauch, Jim Donnan.

Summit Dawg

May 17th, 2011
11:58 am

“Bout damn time Jake Scott made it into the College Football Hall Of Fame!!!!

UGAgrad71

May 17th, 2011
12:00 pm

Now if can apply that strength and muscle to moving someone out of the way on the O side and filling the hole on the D side. Looks like the O line will be stronger, now just play hard for 4 quarters.

4WhatIt'sWorth

May 17th, 2011
12:01 pm

I will never forget Jake Scott’s interception of Archie Manning’s pass in the endzone to seal a 21-14 Georgia victory. We could use one or two more Jake Scotts roaming this year’s secondary.

Tobias Funke

May 17th, 2011
12:02 pm

Adda Boy, Big John!

Anybody heard anything on King and Harmon?

Tobias Funke

May 17th, 2011
12:03 pm

John:

Those rumors were started by the Nerds in Atlanta. You get to start and finish the regular season in Atlanta this year. Why not make a huge name for yourself in those two games. Poor Nerds.

Saban

May 17th, 2011
12:09 pm

What a shame. Another player for the coaching staff to dumb down.

Amazing he got in.

Fixit

May 17th, 2011
12:11 pm

FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saban

May 17th, 2011
12:13 pm

Boise State 66 Dawgs 6

baloney

May 17th, 2011
12:13 pm

I remember another great DL from the 90’s. Matt Storm from Walla Walla Washington. He was great. I hope Jenkins pans out as well as Storm did.

AthensDawg

May 17th, 2011
12:14 pm

Saban Stop being a hater. If you hate the dawgs so much then get off the blog.

RabidDawgFan

May 17th, 2011
12:16 pm

I don’t see how people are going to be able to block our front 7. I just don’t see it. You’ve got this big man Jenkins with another load with Kwame Geathers, both weigh over 350, and not to mention you have to block two 300 pound defensive ends. Getting away from the line, you have to deal with a linebacker named Alec Ogletree that hits like a LB but runs like a safety, then you have to deal with more linebackers just like him. Good luck to Boise but I don’t see how you can block two guys that weigh over 700 pounds together. Kwame was dominating in the spring game and he’ll be even better by the first game.

RabidDawgFan

May 17th, 2011
12:19 pm

Not to mention, that defense that will be attacking Boise will have bad intentions because these guys are hungry. They want to prove themselves and I don’t think they’ll let Boise get in their way, or any other team for that matter. So far, they’ve stayed out of trouble, and let’s hope it stays that way. Let’s leave the getting in trouble with Florida, Auburn, and Tennessee this offseason.

ryan

May 17th, 2011
12:22 pm

Yea Saban get off the blog sounds to me like he did want Big John to get in to UGA for all we know he could have been the one to spread the rumor he just angry that he not Bama by the way Saban Big John will be starting in first game against Boise St.

schmeckdawg

May 17th, 2011
12:23 pm

Can’t wait for you to get here JJ!!!!!! You and Kwame will crush, kill & destroy people this year!

First week in December in The Dome!!!!!!!!!!

Jimmy Crack

May 17th, 2011
12:24 pm

Kellen Moore, bring your aspirins.

RabidDawgFan

May 17th, 2011
12:24 pm

Name one team in the WAC that has the size that we have in the SEC. That’s right no one. Once Boise sees these guys up, close, and personal they’ll be wondering what the heck is going on? These guys are mammoths, make no mistake about it, but not only are they big, but they are fast and can run. Boise has a little line, and imagine them having to block Jenkins, Jones, and Tyson, with Kwame sometimes playing DE. Goodness.

Coach Hewitt...

May 17th, 2011
12:27 pm

I think the Boise State center started that rumor…

AltamahaDawg

May 17th, 2011
12:27 pm

Well that’s too bad. I know so many folks were really setting their hopes on finding some joy in their personal lives by the demise of this young man’s college career. Maybe some of our boys will get seriously injured, cheer up.

bruce mac

May 17th, 2011
12:29 pm

Saban, how is that O line looking? No Julio, no Heisman running back, no returning QB, no O Line, damn man you need to worry about your own pile of crap over in T Town. And by the way that schedule you are trotting out is a total embarrasment to the once proud program. Bear Bryant is rolling over in his grave with that load of cream puffs. That’s okay buddy, you can watch the Dawgs on National TV against a national power while you are playing Kent State. What a friggin joke.

Buckeye

May 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

where there is smoke……………………….

BillS

May 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

Saban, it’s fun to read other’s considered opinions. Stupid, thoughtless, witless observations like yours today add absolutely nothing. If you think Boise will win, talk about it. Get real. Use your brain. Or just go back to the “Bama blog.

RabidDawgFan

May 17th, 2011
12:31 pm

You know what I’d do if I were Todd Grantham? lol, this won’t happen but it’s just my idea….I’d put Kwame Geathers right behind Jenkins over the center (the center for Boise is 5′11, 288) and when the ball is snapped, I’d let Jenkins do his thing on the center but while the center is focused on Jenkins, I’d blitz Geathers right through his gap and knock that center on his rear. Kellen Moore won’t know what to do when he sees 700 pounds of pure man charging at him and he’ll get frantic. I’m telling you guys. Kellen Moore has never seen something like that. He’s a good QB but he just hasn’t seen that. And if something is new to you, you’re going to get nervous.

Jimmy Crack

May 17th, 2011
12:33 pm

Rabid, Ray Drew might be in on a play or two.

51WTGW50

May 17th, 2011
12:33 pm

He will be the First UGA football player to get an Electrical Engineering Degree and graduate Sum Cum Laud too I bet. HAHAHAHAH

CountryBlumpkin

May 17th, 2011
12:34 pm

GEEEZE! Look how big this guy’s hands and noggin are! I pity the O-lines facing this guy. This is a full grown MAN.

claytondawg

May 17th, 2011
12:37 pm

I’m very excited and waiting, along with the rest of the ‘Dog Nation, for Fall season to arrive; however, let’s do our talking and blocking and smacking on the field this year for a change. None of this frivolous crap like: “let the dogs loose, or sic’em.” Let’s just say to the other fans and teams: “You’re in for a fight.” (Doesn’t everyone think it’s about time?)

jealous

May 17th, 2011
12:38 pm

Buckeye: where there is smoke……………………….

….there’s prob a Buckeye starter hittin a blunt

51WTGW50

May 17th, 2011
12:40 pm

So the DAWG are happy about this guy and they are Hoping and Praying he will play just like Nick Fairley. The HIPPOCRATE Mutt Nation is already howling at the possibilities.

dp

May 17th, 2011
12:41 pm

Saban….saw that POS house you built on Burton…bet you and your buddy ain’t gonna get 10 mil now are ya!

kb

May 17th, 2011
12:42 pm

where theres smoke …. there’s an ohio state coach covering up a fire or a booster buying players a car.

AltamahaDawg

May 17th, 2011
12:43 pm

Electrical Engineering Degree? I thought the kid was born in America.

1eyedJack

May 17th, 2011
12:44 pm

“All it is is rumors. I don’t know where it starts.”

Look to the west big fella. Trolls abound.

UGA Insider

May 17th, 2011
12:45 pm

It’s amazing. I told you people just yesterday that the Jenkins rumors were total crap!

However, the rumors on King and Harmon may have validity. The silence on those two tell me everything I need to know.

If we lose Harmon our depth at OL is in serious disarray. I hope some true freshman are ready to play against Boise.

1eyedJack

May 17th, 2011
12:48 pm

“So the DAWG are happy about this guy and they are Hoping and Praying he will play just like Nick Fairley.”

Absolutely not. We hope he plays within the rules.

Boise over Oklahoma

May 17th, 2011
12:54 pm

all of you doubters – downplaying Boise’s ability to hang with the big boys – call some of those Sooners’ fans who tasted the bronco smackdown!

Buckeye

May 17th, 2011
12:55 pm

jeleous,

not aware of any arrests or failed drug tests in Columbus………..

Boise over Oklahoma

May 17th, 2011
12:55 pm

and yes, the dome environment favors Boise as well

Kirby Smart's spokeman

May 17th, 2011
12:56 pm

The rumors are from our foe’s who hoped he wasn’t coming. This D will be a lot better than last year.
Hopefully, getting behind 2-3 TD’s early and forcing the O out of it’s game plan is over. We had trouble stoping anybody last year, and limited out chances on O AND got us “punted to” starting deep in a hole.

Boise over Oklahoma

May 17th, 2011
12:57 pm

National championship odds as of this morning. pasted from worlds’ sports exchange:

Boise 14-1
SC 40-1
UGA 60-1

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OKLAHOMA 19-5
ALABAMA 13-2
FLORIDA STATE 10-1
OREGON 12-1
LSU 14-1
BOISE STATE 14-1
FLORIDA 15-1
OHIO STATE 18-1
STANFORD 22-1
TEXAS 22-1
NEBRASKA 25-1
NOTRE DAME 28-1
TCU 30-1
OKLAHOMA STATE 30-1
PENN STATE 30-1
WISCONSIN 35-1
VIRGINIA TECH 35-1
WEST VIRGINIA 35-1
SOUTH CAROLINA 40-1
ARKANSAS 40-1
TEXAS A&M 50-1
MICHIGAN STATE 55-1
MISSISSIPPI STATE 60-1
GEORGIA 60-1
MIAMI FLORIDA 60-1
MISSISSIPPI 75-1
IOWA 75-1
MISSOURI 85-1
TENNESSEE 100-1
ARIZONA STATE 100-1
AUBURN 100-1
CINCINNATI 100-1
MICHIGAN 100-1
NORTH CAROLINA 100-1
CALIFORNIA 125-1
CLEMSON 125-1

tide roll

May 17th, 2011
12:58 pm

That’s great news for the Dawgs. It’s like getting a 1st round draft pick! Sometimes you wish the Dawgs would go back to a 4-3. Tt seems like the best way to get your best players on the field. Obviously, Cornelius Washington is struggling in the 3-4. Could you imagine him beefing up and playing with a hand on the ground. He’d be another Freddie Gilbert. Add John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers at tackles, with Derrick Lott at the other end (it’s important he gets in shape)and,if he doesn’t,throw Ray Drew in there. Inside Linebacker- Christian Robinson,backed up by Armarlo Herrera,with Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree outside. Boykin and Smith at corners, with Shawn Williams at free safety and Rambo or Sanders Commings at Strong. Holy Cow, future NFLers at every position!

Buckeye

May 17th, 2011
12:59 pm

Curious, do 364 pound fat kids get more food at uga than other kids?

Big Albany Dawg

May 17th, 2011
12:59 pm

Lay some wood to them, BIG MAN!