Six Florida coaches visited four-star defensive end Jordan Jenkins (6-foot-3/245 pounds, Hamilton, Ga./Harris County) on Sunday night.
Ronald Jenkins, Jordan's father, said the family was impressed with what Florida had to offer.
“Every defensive coach, coach [Will] Muschamp, [Dan] Quinn, [Travaris] Robinson, [DJ] Durkin and [Bryant] Young came by,” Jenkins said. “We were very impressed that they sent every defensive coach here. They were telling him the need for him. He’s the type of player they want there. The fact they brought that many coaches, shows how much they want him -- especially after they hosted so many visitors this past weekend."
Ronald Jenkins, whose son already has taken all five official visits, said the home visit was a good chance to get to know the Florida coaches on a more personal level.
“Sometimes when you get six guys in your home it can get uncomfortable, but we were comfortable. We laughed and had a good time,” Ronald Jenkins said.
The elder Jenkins said that when Urban Meyer retired, it kind of set Florida back, but Muschamp has done a great job of getting the school back near the top of his son's list.
“Jordan really liked Urban Meyer,” Jenkins said. “He had Florida on top by far, but then Meyer left, and it kind of set the Gators back a little. But I think Coach Muschamp is a great guy. I think he’s going to be a winner. He’s dealing with a turnover, but he’s a winner and knows what he’s doing. We know he’s going to turn things around at Florida, they just need the right players.”
Muschamp is recruiting Jenkins to play the buck position, a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position in a 3-4 defense. In high school Jenkins has played the more traditional defensive end position in a three-point stance.
At first he was reluctant to play the buck, but Ronald Jenkins said his son is starting to come around to the idea a little more.
“He’s starting to buy in to the buck position,” he said. “He played it the last two games of the season at his high school, and he liked it. The bottom line for Jordan is that he wants to play the position that will allow him to get to the quarterback as much as possible.”
Jenkins said that Florida and Alabama are still near the top of his son’s list, but schools like Georgia and Auburn have made up ground.
“Florida and Alabama haven’t done anything to lose ground,” he said. “But other schools have done things to make up ground.”
Jenkins said that the process is starting to wear on the family a little, but at the same time, it’s been great getting to know all of the coaches. Along with the Florida visit last night, Alabama head coach Nick Saban visited Jenkins last week, Georgia coach Mark Richt will be visiting on Wednesday, and then Auburn coach Gene Chizik will visit on Thursday.
Jenkins said the family will sit down and begin to narrow things down very shortly.
“We have made scorecards of things we like and don’t like about each school," he said, "so pretty soon here we will all sit down and give scores to each school and really start to narrow things down.”
Jordan Jenkins will be making his final decision on Jan. 5 at the Under Armour All-America game in St. Petersburg (Fla.).