Jenkins enjoys visiting UF


Published: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 9:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 9:03 p.m.

Defensive end Jordan Jenkins has narrowed his list of college choices to five, with two standing out among the rest.

“Florida and Alabama,” Jenkins said. “Still don't know who will be the top school.”

Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee, respectively, round out the list. Florida worked its way to the top of the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Georgia native's list after last year and has remained so because of the relationships he's built.

“I just always had a good time at Florida, ever since (last year's) Friday Night Lights,” he said. “I just have a good time when I'm with the coaches and the players. “

Of those players, UF defensive lineman Ronald Powell is the person Jenkins spends the most time with when in Gainesville.

“Ronald reminds me a little of myself,” Jenkins said. “He likes to play around and we have similar body types.”

The similar physique and skills, have the Gators recruiting Jenkins as Powell's successor and competition at the newly installed Buck position.

“We've always had a little friendly jive,” Jenkins said of his friendship with Powell. “He's always talking about me being too slow, that I'm not going to be big enough.”

Though, Jenkins' father, Ron, said there's more to the relationship than goofing around.

“He likes to talk to Powell about the defensive plays and how everybody works like a family here,” the elder Jenkins said. “Powell's exact words ‘you'd be my little brother when you come up here.' “

Powell is not the only peer trying to get a commitment out of Jenkins. Two members of the Gators' 2012 Class, defensive end Quinteze Williams and running back Mike Jones, have also spoken to Jenkins about joining them in orange and blue. Jenkins, however, is not in a hurry to make the call.

“Probably mid-season through December,” Jenkins said. “Depending on how I feel.”

Ron Jenkins thinks it could be sooner than that, but knows his son won't be pressured into committing.

“He's not going to allow anybody to rush him into making a decision,” he said. “He wants to make sure he makes the thorough, correct decision for himself. “

The family already has plans to return to Gainesville for the Florida-Florida State game on Nov. 26, but Jordan would like to make it before then.

“Last year I went to Alabama-Florida when it was at Alabama,” Jenkins said. “This year I'll probably go to the game at Florida. I might try to get to multiple games, depending on how many I have to pick from.”

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