Alabama QB fell in love with Clemson

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Elijah Jenkins - Quarterback
Height: 6-2   Weight: 175   Hometown: Birmingham, AL (Parker HS)   Class: 2012


We call it Clemson. Elijah Jenkins Elijah Jenkins
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Birmingham, AL

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called it heaven.

The 6-foot-2½, 185-pounder attended football camp at his favorite school. He fell for all things Death Valley back when he was in middle school. He started the week at quarterback, then moved to defensive back at the behest of the coaching staff, then back to quarterback.

The coaches worked on getting his drops quicker. He worked on impressing the coaches. He was just killing a game of "Swinney Ball," in honor of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney in which the key is to take four downs to score by throwing the ball any way you want as often as you want — as long as it doesn’t hit the ground.

Jenkins couldn’t have been in a better place — and more so when he was named the camp’s MVP. And, even though he didn’t show it outwardly, he was crushed when Clemson offered a different quarterback with a better pedigree: Buffalo (N.Y.) quarterback Chad Kelly Chad Kelly
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Buffalo, NY

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, nephew of former Bills’ great Jim Kelly.

That’s what will drive Jenkins this season. Oh yeah, and taking Parker as far as it can go is a big factor, too. He does have an FBS offer from Louisiana-Lafayette to his credit from his summer camp work.

"I put it in my mind that when I left this camp they were going to offer me a scholarship," said Jenkins. "After camp, everyone came up to me and asked if I was ready to be part of the Clemson family. I was pretty upset (when I didn’t get an offer), but I didn’t show it. I’m not just playing to show them what they missed out on. But if they don’t offer, they’re going to wish they did. I’m going to do everything in my power to show them."

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