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

Go Dawgs!

May 17th, 2011
3:52 pm

Not Since 1980 or Mutt fans are scared of Nick Fairley or whatever you’re calling yourself-
Sounds like a nerve has been struck. Put your big girl panties on get a hanky and wipe the tears from your eyes and try again.

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
3:52 pm

I don’t change blog handles. I have argued with this guy before. His oft used phrases gave him away. I think he was WDE or observation or maybe both. Who can tell in this blog world.

Don’t worry folks. Auburn will be starting a true freshman QB this fall and will go back to being mediocre and back to losing to UGA again.

Can’t wait to be called ma’am or Gump again.

WDE

May 17th, 2011
3:54 pm

DawginLex I assure you that I am not Not Since 1980..really.

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
3:56 pm

I know you WDE. This guy posted under wde or something like that. Either way, I know I have argued with him before. Calling people Gump is his trademark.

trupert

May 17th, 2011
3:57 pm

I think there are more trolls on here today than yesterday. Looks like we have Auburn fans, Alabama fans, and a few Tech fans sprinkled in.

Yes, the better the UGA news gets the more the trolls will come out of the woodwork. More trolls equals more worried fans of Auburn, Alabama and Tech. Go dawgs!!!

LoganvilleDAWG

May 17th, 2011
3:59 pm

The people doing this are the so-called UGA fans that want Coach Richt fired. They DO NOT KNOW a thing about the football program. I’m sure there are some other things they don’t know about either. Why can’t the losers support the coach, staff & players & want to win a bunch of games this yesr. So all you people that who like too complain, GET A LIFE & DO NOT COME BACK….More than likely they support NOBAMA too!!!!

Troll Power Ratings

May 17th, 2011
4:00 pm

1980 takes the month of May award, hands down. He is off the chart in the “caring” about Georgia football. 2011 is shaping up to be a banner year for trolls. We love you all. The AJC loves you more. Click away, trolls.

Fulmer Cup Champs

May 17th, 2011
4:03 pm

DawginLex

How can you say anything bad about another team when you’re own team is on a downward slide? Auburn hasn’t been mediocre since Tubs last year. UGA and Auburn have the same number of SEC Championships since 2000. The only difference is Auburn has a national title and two undefeated seasons to show for it. Not to mention a Heisman winner.

Worry about your own team.

Fulmer Cup Champs

May 17th, 2011
4:04 pm

trupert

Auburn and Bama fans are not worried about Georgia. Auburn and Bama fans are worried about not winning the West which has nothing to do with UGA football.

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
4:05 pm

Fulmer Cup Champs=Auburn for 2011 with a record 80 points!!!

Pot, meet kettle.

Is that you Not Since 1980???

Fulmer Cup Champs

May 17th, 2011
4:07 pm

DawginLex

You should be more worried at having to repeat going to Memphis than what Auburn does. Auburn is more concerned with signing another top five class and getting back to the championship game.

trupert

May 17th, 2011
4:08 pm

I finally found out the real meaning of WDE.

An inside source advised me that it really means We Deny Everything and that the whole eagle as the second mascot was to hide the real meaning. I always wondered why no Auburn fan could explain the eagle, makes perfect since now.

Auburn has secret $100.00 hand shakes and hidden meanings to a rally cry.

What’s next? I guess we’ll just have to wait for the lenghty NCAA investigation to get finished to find out what other secrets will be uncovered.

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
4:08 pm

Auburn has no QB. Waiting on Frazier to show up on campus. 5 losses minimum.

Fulmer Cup Champs

May 17th, 2011
4:09 pm

“I guess we’ll just have to wait for the lenghty NCAA investigation to get finished to find out what other secrets will be uncovered.”

Keep hopin and wishin, trupert.

“Auburn has no QB. Waiting on Frazier to show up on campus. 5 losses minimum.”

They didn’t have a QB this time last year either. How’d that work out, Dawg?

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
4:09 pm

Not since 1980?

Banned finally?

Changed your name to Fulmer Cup Champs?

Fulmer Cup Champs

May 17th, 2011
4:10 pm

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
4:10 pm

Fulmer Cup Champ Auburn believes Kiehl Frazier, true freshman, equals Cam Newton, JUCO national champion QB……………

Not since 1980

May 17th, 2011
4:11 pm

I’m right here, Gump. Maybe you could write your state senator a crybaby letter as well.

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
4:11 pm

go back to your trailer Forrest. run Forrest run………

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
4:12 pm

They didn’t have a QB this time last year either. How’d that work out, Dawg?

You said it Fulmer Cup Champs Auburn, not me

Fulmer Cup Champs

May 17th, 2011
4:13 pm

“Auburn believes Kiehl Frazier, true freshman, equals Cam Newton”

Show me where Auburn believes that. I’ve not read ANYTHING like that, Dawg. That’s like me claiming that UGA believes Crowell will be the next Herschell.

Fulmer Cup Champs

May 17th, 2011
4:23 pm

“You said it Fulmer Cup Champs Auburn, not me”

DawginLex = idiot

Guess he forgot what he wrote: “Auburn has no QB. Waiting on Frazier to show up on campus.”

DogFan

May 17th, 2011
4:27 pm

So 247 sports is officially reporting AJ Harmon is transferring.
What happens to the O-line now?

DeltaStewJoeTideRollWardNotsince1980

May 17th, 2011
4:27 pm

I have not read a funny paper in years. This is better. Please dont stop. I like it when large unatractive girls make jokes. Thanks a bunch.

trupert

May 17th, 2011
4:33 pm

Fulmer Cup Standings, man you really should have thought about that handel before you picked it. This is just way too easy!!!

Current Fulmer cup standings for all SEC teams.

…………………….Points.
#1………. Aub….. 80 Domestic Assault…….24 Felonies…. And their off to the races!!!

#6………..Fla……..9 Weed.

#15……..Ark……..4 Weed.

#27……Tenn…….2 DUI.
#27 Ole Miss……2 Shop lifting.

#33 Ala……………1 Hindering Investigation.

Funny thing. Georgia is not even on the list. And that’s another UGA point of pride!!!

Joe Griffin

May 17th, 2011
4:36 pm

We need big John to clog up that line! By the way http://www.CoachWatcher.com just updated their Hot Seat and Richt is still #1…

Fulmer Cup Champs

May 17th, 2011
4:41 pm

“Georgia is not even on the list.”

There’s still plenty of time.

PB

May 17th, 2011
4:43 pm

Spelling Bee Time….. Yeah!

First word….. “irrelevant” use it in a sentence…

How “irrelevant” is a team that can’t beat UCF, a team from CUSA and goes 6-7?

“irrelevant” That’s spelled U G A ……

Correct Johnny, good job, you win the Spelling Bee.

….nuff said.

red&silver

May 17th, 2011
4:49 pm

Why do you all reply to this idiot if you know it’s the same person who changes his name everyday?

Bob

May 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

Congrats to you Jake Scott! Not only were you the best athlete to ever play football at UGA, you were indirectly responsible for me passing Finite Math at Georgia. You were in my class and the teacher had to grade on the curve. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

trupert

May 17th, 2011
5:03 pm

Fulmer Cup Champs, time for what? I looked it up and Auburn’s current score of 80 points is more that Ga’s 21,of 2010, SF’s 18, of 2009 and Ala’s 28 of 2008 combined!!!

Auburn has abliterated the record with the amazingly high score of 80! and it’s only 5-17-2011, ain’t nobody gonna catch Auburn this year and that record might stand for all time.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 17th, 2011
5:48 pm

Not since 1980

Seems other people in the SEC have a lot of respect for your clean program also.
Read this.

http://www.hogdb.com/2011/05/07/1970s-auburn-stopped-paying-players/

Georgia Boy

May 17th, 2011
5:52 pm

“Everybody just needs to chill.” I love it!!

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 17th, 2011
6:12 pm

Well,

I finally reached social security age today and I want to thank you all very much for providing the entertainment for my party. I almost forgot the title of this article I was laughing so hard. I wish I had come backs like I have seen today on this blog, when I was in elementary school. Oops, I forgot. In case some of you don’t know what it means, elementary school seems to be about as far as some of you folks got on here. Like in 5th grade was graduate school for 1980. It is really quite simple logic here. If you don’t like UGA, stay off the UGA blogs and don’t feed me that line that this is a public forum and such. Not interested in why you have to make yourselves feel important by cutting down another college.
Let me add the one thing that stuck on my mind after looking at a picture of big ole John Jenkins there. Dang, that is one big dude. I can say for sure, he will disrupt some offensive lines when he is in there.
Now, back to calling each other and your schools names. Didn’t mean to interrupt, but once again, thanks for the laughs.
P.S. 1980, be sure and read the areticle on the web site posted by me at 5:48. You might find it interesting. And if that bores you, AL.com, also did an article about the same thing a few weeks back. Look it up. That’s AL, like in Alabama.com

JDawg1785

May 17th, 2011
6:18 pm

Forget the trolls and the haters, Big John! GATA!!

Fulmer Cup Champs

May 17th, 2011
6:31 pm

“Seems other people in the SEC have a lot of respect for your clean program also.”

Yawn. Did you say something?

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 17th, 2011
6:38 pm

Fulmer Cup,

Appears you are an allbarn fan also, so the above website article is for you also.

Dawg48

May 17th, 2011
8:39 pm

Tide roll you just amazed me! And buckeye get the plank out of your own eye before you try to get the sawdust out of ours

trupert

May 17th, 2011
11:13 pm

Fulmer Cup Champs, this just in. We can add some more points to Auburns massive early lead for the 2011 cup trophy!!!

Auburn junior running back Onterio McCalebb was arrested this past Saturday in DeKalb County, Ga., and charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving an unregistered vehicle — no tag, revalidation decal — and not having the proper required license.

Funny how the kid could drive through Alabama and not get that ticket?

Somebody at Auburn needs to tell these football players that when they leave the state of Alabama they are no longer under the Chizik protection plan for Auburn football players.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 18th, 2011
5:47 am

Trupert,

If you buy your license from a auto parts catalog, like certain brethen from our western neighbors do, you have no problem. But remember, they get the best atheletes from Georgia, according to them, LOL.

tah.dah

May 18th, 2011
8:48 am

Welcome Jenkins!

Jimmy Cracked Corn

May 18th, 2011
8:53 am

Fulmer cup — amazing UGA is not on the list. Of course, we aren’t into practice again yet. We have plenty of time.

astrouga

May 18th, 2011
8:54 am

Jake Scott — about time! Congrats!

aw

May 18th, 2011
9:34 am

Instead of Matt Strom, how about Jason Ferguson. Juco All American sign with Ole Miss out of High School and then went juco route to UGA

flo-ri-duh

May 18th, 2011
10:29 am

Don’t expect miracles from the big man – just consistent pressure up the middle that will shut down the run game. We still need a pass rush and an o-line that can run block. The “D’ will be good this year.

Shut The F**k Up Donny!!!

May 18th, 2011
12:57 pm

This looks like a really stout team this season

Offense:
QB: Murray
HB: 1.Crowell 2. Malcome 3. King
FB: Zander Ogletree
WR: 1. Brown 2. Wooten
WR: 1. T. King
TE: 1. Charles 2. Rome
OT: Glenn
OT: Anderson
OG: Lee
OG: Gates

Defense:
DE: Jones
DE: Tyson
LB: 1. Drew 2. Bailey
LB: 1. Ogletree 2. Samuel
LB: 1. Jarvis Jones 2. Chase Vasser
LB: Robinson
CB: Boykin/Marshall/Mitchell
CB: Smith/Commings
FS: Swann, Dude is a Freak!
SS: Rambo

K: Walsh
P: Butler
KR: Boykin/Smith
PR: Smith

Pretty good team!!!

Shut The F**k Up Donny!!!

May 18th, 2011
12:58 pm

Oh yea DT: Jenkins/Geathers

Shut The F**k Up Donny!!!

May 18th, 2011
12:59 pm

C: Ben Jones

interesting

May 18th, 2011
6:57 pm

I found this interesting…. Boise State’s starting center 5′11 288lbs, John Jenkins 6′4 365lbs…. i think we all know who will win that battle everytime. :D

aladawg

May 18th, 2011
9:52 pm

Hey Saban, if you need me I’ll be over at your house visiting with the wife and daughter.