May 2, 2012
GBK Recruiting Update: The De La Salle Connection
GoBlackKnights.com had a chance recently to catch up with Army commit and cornerback Josh Jenkins out of De La Salle High School in Concord (Calif.).
The Omar Epps look alike says that he is ready to get his Army Black Knights career going as he is scheduled to arrive onto the West Point campus on July 23rd. "I get that a lot," says Jenkins relative to the Epps comparison, but who has his sights on starting his Army football and West Point career. "I been running track and lifting. I'm excited and can't wait to get there ... I'm all set and ready to go."
Jenkins is participating in the 4x100, 4x400, along with long jump and triple jump, with the latter being his best event (PR 46.1).
The 6-foot-0, 185 pound cornerback has had the luxury of playing for one the stellar high school programs in the nation, where in 2011 they finished 18th in the Rivals100, which is somewhat low for a De La Salle squad. However, for Jenkins he appears to be ready to put high school behind him with the directional arrow facing towards West Point and New York.
"I will miss high school a little, but I'm ready for the next step in live," he adds, who has already begun connecting with his soon to be teammates through various social networking venues. "I'm ready to get to Army, be ready to compete, enroll in school and start on my future."
"We (class of 2012) have a Facebook page and we just posted the prep (USMAPS) schedule and it looks pretty solid. I've been in touch with some of my future teammates through Facebook and Twitter as well."
For those who have not seen Jenkins in action, his style of play can be described as athletic, he is a strong and bigger cornerback who uses his skills to outplay the receiver and is solid in bump and run. He has adequate run support skills, and with his size he is not afraid to tackle.
"I like how Patrick Patterson plays and model my game after him," admits Jenkins, when discussing the Arizona Cardinals' cornerback. "He's big, solid, pretty fast and great coverage skills".
The De La Salle Connection
There is little doubt of Jenkins growing passion for Army football and he has taken the initiate to let it been known in the inner circles of the De La Salle football program.
"I talked to Austin about Army and he's really getting into the program," shares Jenkins, when discussing his conversation with current (2013) De La Salle 3-star defensive end Austin Hooper who has over 12 offers .... one being from the Black Knights. "I told him about Army and that it would be a great opportunity for him to come here and he could play with us again as teammate and that would be great.
The "us" that Jenkins is referring to is De La Salle quarterback, Michael Parros.
"Mike is not a recruit per say, but he is looking to play there," says Jenkins, when discussing his 2011 teammate. "I think that would be a great experience, because he have been good friends for awhile. It's good knowing that we would be going there together and I can't wait to play with him again."
I am going to West Point, but was not recruited there to play football," shares Parros, who is hoping to walk-on with the Black Knights. "I'm going to try and play football, although I wasn't recruited to play there."
At De La Salle, Parros ran a veer offense, although most of his time spent was behind 3-star quarterback Bart Houston, who is a 2012 commit to the Wisconsin Badgers. Hence, Parros played saw reps at safety and receiver in 2011.
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