November 8, 2011

Tide emerges for Jenkins after visit

Rivals100 defensive end Jordan Jenkins has visited the University of Alabama multiple times, but after taking his official visit to Tuscaloosa over the weekend, Jenkins said the Crimson Tide has pulled ahead of his other favorites, Auburn and Florida.

"(The visit) went pretty good," Jenkins said. "I had a good time down there with all of the players and the coaches, and I got to spend a good bit of time with all of them before the game and after the game. On Sunday, I had a really great time with Nick Saban at his house with some of the other recruits.

"Right now, Alabama is a little ahead of the rest."

The extra time spent with the UA coaching staff paid off, as Jenkins talked about how next year's team is going to look and where he would fit in next year as well as down the road if he chooses Alabama.

"We talked about some realistic things, all of the positions, who's leaving and who they're bringing in," Jenkins said. "At the Jack (linebacker), I'm going to have to work to get some playing time. You have to work to play here.

"(Saban) talked about getting some playing time and developing, but it all depends on how I much I do and how much I actually study the actual playbook before I end up going there, because you have to know what you're doing in order to play."

It wasn't all football talk, as Jenkins spent some time playing basketball at Saban's house on Sunday. The best moment of the day came when the 6-foot-3, 245-pound prospect went up for a dunk and broke the Crimson Tide coach's basketball goal.

"I went up for a reverse, and as soon as I hit the rim, the whole goal just fell apart, but we put it back together," Jenkins said. "It really caught me off guard. Coach (Kirby) Smart, Coach Sal (Sunseri) and Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt were out there with us, and everybody was laughing when it happened."

The four-star prospect from Harris County, Ga., arrived in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, in time for all of the pregame festivities, including the Walk of Champions when the team entered Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"The pregame atmosphere was outrageous," Jenkins said. "There were people everywhere, on top of fraternity houses and everything, waiting for the Walk of Champions. It was just loud the whole time from before the game to after the game."

During the game, Jenkins kept an eye on current UA Jack linebacker Courtney Upshaw. Despite the loss, he was impressed with how Alabama played and thought it could've won the game.

"The team looked pretty good overall," Jenkins said. "It was just the kickers kept missing the field goals, and there were some bad calls. Defensively, I think they played great, and offensively, the offensive line had good pass protection the whole game."

The state of Georgia was well-represented at the game, and Jenkins ran into a number of UA commitments from the Peach State, including Geno Smith, Kenyan Drake and Dillon Lee.

"Geno and I have been real good friends since my sophomore year on the recruiting trail, and I can say we're all pretty good friends," Jenkins said. "Geno just said, 'This is where it's at, it's a good spot to play,' and they were all trying to get me to come down."

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