June 30, 2010

2012 GA defender hits camp circuit

Hamilton (GA) Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins has become one of the most highly-pursued pass rushers of the 2012 class already picking up offers from nine programs, including the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. This summer, Jenkins has continued to pick up praise and attention with strong performances at camps around the Southeast.

"I've been to camps at Alabama and Georgia Tech and I'm going to Florida's camp and Georgia's camp later this summer," Jenkins said. "I also went to Auburn for an unofficial visit earlier this summer as well."

The 6-foot-3, 233-pound defensive end attended Alabama's first full summer camp earlier in June along with some of his teammates and came away with a strong impression of the Tide's coaching staff.

"Me and two of my teammates went down to Alabama for all three days of the camp. The first day absolutely wore us out. We came down and sort of forgot to eat breakfast and when we got there we got thrown straight into drills and didn't quit until the end of the day. We could barely stand up by the end. It was intense and we learned a lot, especially how much further we needed to go in terms of getting in shape."

"Coach Sal (Sunseri) was always there to help me out during drills. He was really encouraging and was great about helping us out with technical stuff, little things that helps us really improve our ability to finish plays. I still have a lot to learn about playing outside linebacker and Coach Sal would be a great guy to learn from."

With plenty of time before Signing Day 2012, Jenkins plans on taking his time before making any decisions or choosing favorites.

"Right now, everybody is equal but I'm starting the process of picking out a top five pretty soon. I think it will take a while before I'm ready to narrow it down but I am getting closer with every visit I take."

Jenkins said he feels no particular affiliation with any school since he was never in one place long enough to become a fan growing up.

"I've moved around a lot growing up because my dad was in the military so I really never latched onto one place and became a fan of anywhere. It's almost kind of tough to consider me an in-state player in Georgia just because I haven't really been here that long. Wherever I fit in the best will be what feels like home to me. It doesn't necessarily have to be close to where I am now."

Also of note, Harris County welcomed a new student last week in Alabama commitment Lamichael Fanning who recently transfered in from Auburn High School. Fanning, who attended Harris County as a freshman, will likely play alongside Jenkins on the defensive front this fall.

"We saw him in workouts last week and he looked like a pretty athletic guy. I know he used to go here before he went to Auburn and so some of the guys still knew him from back then. He will be playing on the opposite side of the line from me and it will be cool to get to watch him and play alongside him this year."

Jenkins boasts a 4.67 forty time and a 3.65 GPA.

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