January 30, 2012

GBK EXCLUSIVE: Jenkins sold on Army's prestige, commits

It doesn't matter which side of the ball that Robert Jenkins is on, he has the potential to be a force. And for next 4-5 years, he will be doing so wearing the Black & Gold of Army, as the 5-foot-11, 215 pound fullback/linebacker made the Black Knights' staff excited when he verbally committed on Thursday.

So four days after visiting Army, Jenkins became a Black Knight.

"Coach Saadat called me to make sure that I was completing my application and at that time I had just finish talking to my mom about it .... I told her I was going to call him the next day, but since he called me I just went ahead and told him of my decision," recalls Jenkins, who's recruiting has been handled by the Black Knights' Co-defensive coordinator. "He was excited and welcomed me into the Army family."

"My relationship with Coach Saadat ... it's good and he's a really cool guy," adds Jenkins. "Whenever I talked to him we have great conversation and he's down to earth. He's always told me from the beginning that this is not for everyone, so he's always told me what is real about the school .... he wasn't just filling me up with junk."

For the prospect out of Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola High School, his official visit during the weekend of January 20th really turned his head. "I liked it, I learned a lot and I had fun," declared Jenkins, when speaking with GBK on Saturday. "West Point is as a great college and the campus itself stood out. It is a really historical campus and the football facilities were awesome. Their weight room and a full indoor turf football field. The training room had so much state of the art stuff that I never even heard of, like a zero gravity chamber."

Although Jenkins played fullback and defensive end a Loyola, he is open to anywhere the staff see the best possible fit. "Army is looking at me mainly for offense, but they told me not to be surprised if they get me up there and move to one of the linebacker spots," says the very physical athlete. "Personally, I think I'm better at fullback, but I do enjoy defense a lot because of the nature of defensive, where you can just go get the ball."

Jenkins comes out of talent rich 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. "Me and my immediate friends weren't going to announce to the public until February 1st," says Jenkins, who was too excited to hold back the news.

So why Army? "I think the opportunity to play Division I football but after my commitment (Army), I won't be one of those guys who went to just any college ... I can say I graduated from West Point which is 'the' college to attend," shares Jenkins, as he summarizes his future. "I think the name West Point and all that comes with graduating from there is why I am a Black Knight."

Jenkins, who has been recruited by the Army staff for over a year, says he can't wait to get started, especially being part of the Black Knights' triple option "O".

"I love the triple option, I think it's my favorite type of offense ... It's the last offense where the fullback can be a star," shares a laughing Jenkins, who's first stop will be the USMAPS. "I really love that offense and we ran it occasionally."

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