It’s looking like a situation of better late than never
for David Jenkins. The Lewisville Hebron cornerback wasn’t a known commodity on
the recruiting scene until late in the spring, but despite getting into
contention for big-time offers later than most prospects he’s still managed to
get heavy interest from major programs, including the Texas Longhorns. Despite
having several defensive backs in the fold, the Longhorns might not be done
pursing Jenkins just yet.
To say Jenkins has blown up over the past few months
would be a gross understatement. The fact is that the 6-foot, 185-pound
cornerback was not even on the radar of the top programs in the region, but all
it took was a little interest from a few schools to get the ball rolling. One
of the first schools to recruit Jenkins was Texas as his area recruiter Bobby
Kennedy, defensive backs coach Duane Akina and defensive coordinator Will
Muschamp have all played a part in his recruitment.
The Texas coaches visited the Hebron campus in the spring
and liked Jenkins enough to invite him to the June 6 minicamp to give him a
chance to work out and possibly earn an offer. It was an opportunity Jenkins
took full advantage of as reports from camp were that Jenkins looked great in
man coverage and was one of the best defensive backs on the field.
When Jenkins got back to the Metroplex, he said Hebron
head coach Brian Brazil called him into his office to give him some good news.
“I went to the camp, showed what I had and when I got
back my coach called me in his office,” Jenkins said. “He said that Texas was
sending an offer. That was a relief. Getting a Texas offer let me know that I
can play with the best of the best.”
It had been reported that Jenkins only had a verbal
offer, but during this past weekend’s 7-on-7 State Tournament, Jenkins cleared
the air about his offer situation with the Longhorns.
“I have an offer from Texas,” Jenkins said. “I went to
the camp and Coach Akina said they liked me and Coach Brown said that they had
an offer for me but they needed to figure out some things with the numbers.”
Jenkins added that his offer is a written offer and it is
a committable offer and that as far as he knows, he could pick up the phone and
make a verbal commitment to the Longhorns if he chose to do so. He added that
the Longhorns remain in the mix for his services along with LSU and the
remaining eight schools that have offered him a scholarship to this point.
Jenkins’ sudden rise from unknown to major prospect can
be traced back to last spring. Moving to the Dallas area from Louisiana,
Jenkins said it took some time for even the Hebron coaches to notice his
“I transferred in, so that’s why I wasn’t known,” Jenkins
said. “In spring football my coaches noticed me, and then in 7-on-7 I noticed
people looking at me a little more. Then after my junior season, I started
getting calls from colleges, and then it got real crazy.”
The craziness didn’t get kicked into high gear until this
spring. Arizona, Boise State and Colorado State were the first few schools to
offer Jenkins, but after Texas showed interest schools from the ACC, Mountain
West, SEC and the WAC began putting offers on the table.
To date, Jenkins holds 10 offer including Virginia, Ole
Miss, LSU and Wake Forest among others.
“In spring football this year, coaches started coming to
see me,” Jenkins said. “Then I started getting offers. Everything kept coming,
and then I went to the Texas camp, and then they offered. When Texas offered,
that’s when everybody really started to start calling me.”
While holding a Texas offer is special, perhaps the offer
most near and dear to Jenkins is the offer he got from LSU. Jenkins said that
being from Louisiana naturally he has a lot of LSU fans in his family and he
said there is something to be said about being able to go back home.
“Knowing that I can go back to my home state and play
Division I football is a great feeling,” Jenkins said. “I have a lot of family
there and I’ve got some support.”
He hasn’t named any leaders to this point, but LSU could
very well wind up being the team to beat for Jenkins’ commitment. However, even
if he ultimately picks Texas or another school, Jenkins said he feels like has
his family’s support to make the best decision for himself.
“I told my family about the LSU offer a few weeks ago
when I was back in Louisiana visiting,” Jenkins said. “I made them all gather
around so I could tell them. They said they’d like for me to go to LSU, but
it’s my decision and so I know they’ll support me wherever I go.”
Jenkins flashed the skills that have his recruiting stock
soaring over the weekend at the 7-on-7 State Tournament in College Station
where Hebron advanced to the championship bracket in the Division I tournament
but was eliminated early on Saturday. Despite going home earlier than they had
hoped, Jenkins was impressive showing fluid hips, quick feet and showing
reactive quickness to locate the ball in the air and finish plays.
“It’s a great opportunity to come out here and battle
with guys who have great athletic ability,” Jenkins said of the 7-on-7
experience. “Everybody is great because they made it to state, so you can’t
take anyone lightly. If you’re in the game, you better be prepared to go hard
The 7-on-7 season over and soon too might be Jenkins’
“I talked to my family about everything,” Jenkins said.
“I feel like it’s time for me to settle down, make a commitment and go from
Jenkins said he already knows when he wants to be
committed and said the time to start sorting out favorites will be very soon. “I’ll be committed before the start of August,” Jenkins
said. “I go to LSU on the 17th and 18th and when I come back I’ll sit down with
my family and really narrow my choices down. When I narrow my focus, it won’t
be long until I make a decision.”