March 29, 2012
Army commit LB/RB Robert Jenkins is ready
Robert Jenkins says that he is prepared and ready to jump start his career as an Army Black Knight. The prospect out of talent rich Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola High School, who's team was loaded with other Division I prospects, such as Chaz Anderson (Boise State) and Kodi Whitfield (Stanford) to name just a couple, says he anxiously awaiting R-Day.
"I'm getting ready ... I've been doing my off season workout and everything," shared the 5-foot-11, 215 pound fullback/linebacker.
"I took a couple of weeks off just to relax after the football season, but now my workouts are going pretty good. I'm in a great shape ... actually the greatest shape of my life."
Outside of football, Jenkins is a shot-putter for Loyola and has had a productive senior track & field campaign. "I've been coming in first and second in all my meets so far," he says. "I'm ranked pretty good in the state right now."
Although it appears that Jenkins first look for the Black Knights will be at fullback, the possibility of him getting a shot at linebacker would not be out of the question for Jenkins' talents, where in his school he played linebacker his freshman and sophomore years, but also saw time at nose guard as a junior and defensive end in 2011.
One thing did say he hopes to do is get a little bigger and stronger. "I'm looking to add on another 5-10 pounds before I arrive at West Point this summer," says Jenkins, who has heard from the coaching staff as they continue to monitor his spring summer strength & conditioning workouts.
"As a matter of fact, I talked Coach Saadat just yesterday," said Jenkins, who is prep bound. "He was just checking in on me to make sure everything was going well and wanted to know how my offseason workout was coming along."
One thing is for certain with the incoming 2012 recruiting class and that is their social network bonding ... a true sign of the times.
"Yeah, I'm part of that Facebook group and we have conversations everyday," confirms Jenkins. "We talk about what we are going to do when we get there, what is going to be our thing, how we want to be remember ... stuff like that."
For Jenkins, he has some level of expectation in his talents and how they fit into the Army program. "I actually watched the Army-Navy game, as well as the game against Rutgers," shares Jenkins, who adds that his style of play is ideal on either side of the ball for the Black Knights.
"I'm an old school kind of football player. I like to run people over and the type of offense that Army runs suite me well. No fancy footwork guy, just run straight through, get the job done and I feel like I'm the guy who does that."
Jenkins is scheduled to arrive July 2nd for R-Day with his parents and siblings. "I'm very excited, a little bit of nervousness, but who isn't," he shares.
"I have heard from many folks that this will be the hardest thing that I have ever done. That it's not just going to be about football, but much bigger than football."
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