New Jersey DL Jayson Jenkins Talks Recruiting Increase, More

New Jersey defensive lineman Jayson Jenkins has seen his recruiting skyrocket since late October. He’s made two official visits with trips to Boston College and Pitt on the books, and now he’ll be working to navigate the rest of the process as he holds 13 deals with more potentially on the horizon.

“It’s just a very acclimating experience to see how far I’ve come as a football player and as a person and continue to grow in life,” Jenkins said of the recent explosion in recruiting. “It is very gratifying to see my talents appear in the eyes of a large group of people.”

So what does Jenkins think he showed the coaches during his senior season that caught their attention?

“I feel like on tape, I really practiced and all my explosiveness with how fast I can get off the ball,” he said. “I showed how I can continue to use my hands and let it be known that I can rush the passer and make an impact. I also showed a lot of versatility.”

Today, that senior tape helped Jenkins land an offer from Flights as Tennessee became the last school to offer him.

“You know, it was just a really, really good conversation that me and Coach (Levorn) Harbin had,” Jenkins said of the Flights offer. “And you know, they said that I was their type of guy and that I really matched what they needed to have there on the defensive end. They think I could really make an impact, so just that from. such an established program like the one in Tennessee is a very good thing to hear. And I am very, very proud and very grateful to have the opportunity to compete at the highest level at the University of Tennessee. “

Tennessee was on point on what they saw in the Jenkins game that stood out.

“He thinks I can really come in and make an impact,” Jenkins said of the Vols message. “They like that I’m fast and physical off the ball and that I like to use my hands and my waist, and he said I’m a SEC lineman,” Jenkins said. They think I could have a big impact and have a lot of potential. “

The appeal of potentially playing for Rodney Garner also stood out, and his background with the developing lineman caught Jenkin’s attention.

“I spoke with Coach Garner before that, and he has a track record like no other – over 50 players he’s sent to the NFL,” Jenkins said. “He’s always been one of those names in college football in terms of D-line coaches, of him being that guy. I’m just very, very proud to say that he could eventually be my coach and that I can be given wisdom and knowledge of him. He’s just a great guy overall. Coach Garner and all the rest of the staff have been very inclusive in their recruiting so far. I’m very happy with that, that’s for sure. “

Flights are late in the process, but Jenkins already knew a little about what they had to offer.

“Tennessee is a very good school, both academically and athletically,” he said. “They’re just one of those names in college football. They’re great contenders year after year. They always rock the scene in terms of college football and things like that. So that’s about what I know college, I just know there’s a lot of history there and a lot of big guys that came out of that school. That’s about all I know about University of Tennessee. “

So, with a condensed window for taking visits and making a decision, what’s next for Jenkins’ program.

“I’m visiting West Virginia on January 14, Florida on January 21, then Tennessee on January 28,” he said.

“So these are some of the primary schools, and there are a few schools from other schools,” he added, who stands out in his recruiting. “Tennessee, of course, Missouri, Virginia, Florida, West Virginia and a few other schools that have been reaching out lately. I just have to keep weighing all the options and really try to make a good decision. for me and my family. “

Jenkins is brought up in every school and has offered insight into several.

About Florida: You know, they’re kind of rebuilding the program that they have there, and they just put all the pieces in place to really be a great program again. Florida has a great history, and, you know, they’re really trying to become an SEC contender with Coach Napier. I’ve been in touch with Coach Stapleton and Coach Napier, and the other coaches, and I feel like they really have something special coming up in Gainesville.

In West Virginia: I like that it’s kind of like a family event program. It’s a very tight-knit group and I can really feel, from conversations I’ve had with Coach Brown and Coach Jackson, that they really care about their players and that they really care. of the West Virginia program in general. Since signing day they are one of the first to reach out so I really feel right at home with the staff there. I’m just going to go to Morgantown, WV and really figure it all out to see what it is and just assess what it is.

On Boston College: You know, Boston College is just a great program and a great school overall. The education is second to none, and also just the football aspect, playing ACC and everything like that. They have a lot of great things to offer in Boston. When I was up there it was a really good time. I just like to keep all options open and continue to see where I really fit best.

On the Missouri: Just the conversations I had with Coach Davis and they really believe in my talents and abilities there. They’re putting a lot of resources into the program, they’re building a new facility, and they’re recruiting some of the best players in the country, and that’s a really really good core there to build on and just keep growing as a program. . Mizzou is definitely at the top of the list.

So how does Jenkins plan to separate one school from the others?

“I’m really just going to take a step back and absorb it all and wonder if this is a place I really want to be,” he said of his plan. “If I really feel that in my heart I’m going to go ahead and make that decision from there just seeing that this is really my fit and if I feel like I can do great things there and really helping and working as hard as that’s about what it is. It’s just trying to see where my real place is. “

He doesn’t know when a decision will come, as he plans to continue recruiting one day at a time.

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