Jenkins has Tigers out front

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Ryan Jenkins Ryan Jenkins
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5-10, 170
Alpharetta, GA

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has held a Clemson verbal offer since June of last year, an offer he received after spending a week at Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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’s camp in early June.

To date, that is the only offer for the 2013 wide receiver out of Milton (Alpharetta) Ga., who is also the little brother of Tiger defensive back Martin Jenkins. However, several big-time schools are showing an interest and he will be at Tennessee this coming weekend for the Volunteers’ junior day.

Jenkins told TigerNet Monday evening that getting that first offer was special, and he even remembers the exact date.

“They offered me on June 13th, 2011,” Jenkins said. “Coach [Jeff] Scott, the receivers coach offered me. I was at Dabo’s camp, and they called me back a week later and that is when they offered.”

Jenkins said he already has the idea of what the perfect college setting will be like for him.

“My perfect place is a place where I can have a good relationship with the coaches, and they run an offensive that fits my abilities. The Clemson offense is like that, and really anyone that runs a spread like Clemson, Auburn or Oregon. That is the type of offense that fits my skill set – my ability to run with the ball, my hands, and my route running is up there with anyone in the country.”

Jenkins is a 5-11, 175-pounder who runs a 4.49 40-yard dash, and he hauled in 25 catches for 415 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 despite playing in Milton’s mostly ground-based offense.

“A lot of coaches are telling they me that they will be seeing me in the spring,” he said. “I am hearing from Tennessee, Alabama and Oklahoma St.”

Jenkins said the fact that his older brother is at Clemson won't affect his decision, but said he is proud of what his older brother has accomplished.

“It doesn’t impact my decision,” he said. “It doesn’t have anything to do with it. He is the better athlete; I am the better football player. I am really proud of him because he has come a long way since coming out of high school. He really only had one big-time Division 1 offer, and that was Clemson and he took it. He got there and there more highly-recruited guys there, and he beat them out for the spot because he worked harder than everybody else.”

Jenkins did say, however, that he is a better receiver than his brother is a defensive back as the backyard matchups can attest.

“I will win that matchup every time,” he said. “Every time.”

Jenkins said the Tigers are out front, and he has a visit scheduled for March.

“Right now the leader is Clemson,” he said. “They are definitely the number one school because they are the only one that has offered. I want to make my decision towards the end of the summer, right before school starts. I will be at Clemson’s junior day on March 3rd – Coach [Tony] Elliott told me on Facebook that is Clemson’s next junior day and I want to be there.”

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