January 9, 2012

Grantham the difference

The decision is in, and for the Georgia Bulldogs, it couldn't get any sweeter.

Harris County defensive end/outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins chose UGA over Alabama, Auburn, and Florida Monday night, and the reason for that choice is clear.

"The one main reason was that we knew (Todd) Grantham's track record with Jarvis (Jones) and Justin Houston," said Ronald Jenkins, Jordan's father. "We sat down and watched him game plan and we had the utmost confidence that he could get the best out of Jordan. With Coach (Mark) Richt, we knew what kind of man he was and we had faith that he is a man of faith. We felt that Jordan would be safe with him. Not to say he wouldn't be safe with other schools, but we just felt confident that he would be safe at Georgia."

The Bulldogs trailed Alabama, Florida, and Auburn through most of the process, but after Jenkins official visit to Athens in early November, things began to change.

"It was close with Alabama, and we almost eliminated Georgia more than once," said Mr. Jenkins. "But we took our official visit to Georgia and we were impressed with what we saw with Georgia and Coach Grantham. We appreciate Alabama. We will pull for Alabama when they aren't playing Georgia because Jordan's former teammate LaMichael Fanning plays there."

An incident in mid October where Grantham had some angry words for Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin received quite a bit of negative publicity, but the Jenkins family didn't see it that way at all.

"The Vandy incident didn't affect me at all," said Mr. Jenkins. "It just meant that, when it came down to it, Grantham loves his players and isn't afraid to show it."

The process was, in no way, easy, and the entire Jenkins family is happy to be done.

"We are happy with his choice and happy to be done with the process," he said. "We have spent a lot of money and effort to make the right decision, and now that we have done that, we are just happy to move forward."

Jenkins projects as a weak side linebacker in Georgia's 3-4 scheme, and he looks forward to doing what he does best; rush the passer.

"We are looking forward to getting Jordan in there and working hard to get in shape and getting ready," said Ronald Jenkins. "We are excited."

With a few weeks left until signing day, other schools in Jenkins' top group will continue to pursue the four star prospect, but according to the Hamilton native and his family, his recruitment is finished.

"I'm sure that, because of how close this was with Alabama, that opposing coaches aren't through recruiting Jordan," said Mr. Jenkins. "But I feel confident that this is the right choice and it will be the choice he sticks with. He didn't make the final, concrete decision until about 1 p.m. today, so he put a lot of thought into his decision and it is final."

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