March 5, 2011

Surging DE gives Vols visit high marks

Harris County, Ga., defensive end Jordan Jenkins has been a terror on Friday nights for the last couple of years. He made the trip up to Knoxville to check out Tennessee last weekend for the Vols junior day.

He returned to the Peach state very impressed.

"It was pretty nice," Jenkins said. "I've never gotten to go around and see some of the stuff I saw. The stadium view from up top is amazing. It's certainly something I enjoyed and I got to talk with coach (Justin) Wilcox more. I had never been to the football complex before and we got to see the weight room. It's really nice and to think that they are getting a new building even better is unimaginable."

A constant theme from the class of 2011 was their ability to believe in and trust Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley. That carried over to last weekend as the second-year Vols coach continued to impress with his character.

"Just how much of a players' coach that coach Dooley is," Jenkins said. "He wants to just not make us better football players, but better football players and people all around. I just know now that he cares for the players and wants to help them get a better future.

"It's hard to put in words. It's just a certain feeling that you get about a person and I can't really describe it. I just feel that he's telling me the truth."

Jenkins is at Alabama this weekend and also has strong interest in Georgia Tech, Auburn, Georgia and Florida. The Vols are in good shape early in the process and he says he thinks they will be there throughout.

"They are definitely in my top and they've been there for a while," Jenkins said. "They are going to stay there."

The chance to spend time with defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and defensive line coach Lance Thompson was huge last weekend. He now understands how important he could be to Tennessee and what type of role he would play.

"I learned that the defensive line is one of the key components to the Tennessee defense," Jenkins said. "It helps things run better and I learned from coach Thompson that the defensive line can have a big impact on the outcome of a game."

Jenkins is going to lean on his parents and his head coach as he works toward a decision. It's a selection that probably won't be happening anytime soon, but he'll continue to work on his very impressive game.

"I guess I'd say I get off the ball pretty fast," Jenkins said. "I need to work on using my hands more. I have pretty long arms and I just need to learn to use them in my game. I want to continue to get better in every area of my game."


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