September 9, 2010

Four-star defenisve tackle enjoys trip despite loss

Despite the Rebels' nationally recognized stumble against Jacksonville State, the fallout among the 2011 commitments appears minimal.

In fact, Ole Miss even increased it's chances of landing a commitment from Mississippi Gulf Coast defensive tackle Jonanthan Jenkins, who drew positives from his second trip to Oxford in less than five months.

Jenkins walked away wholly impressed with his SEC gameday experience at Ole Miss. The four-star tackle spent time with current Rebel Wayne Dorsey when Ole Miss was off the field. Dorsey served as a big brother-type figure while the pair played together in 2009 at the Perkinston, Miss., junior college, and the Northern transplants hold on to the strong bonds built in their year together.

Jenkins first came to Oxford months ago for a spring practice and stayed with Dorsey as the four-star lineman "had a chance to see the nightlife" in mid-April. He described both trips to North Mississippi as enjoyable, despite the difference of circumstances between the laid back April weekend and a rip-your-heart-out loss to welcome the season.

"This time I wanted to see the game day atmosphere. If I did happen to commit to Ole Miss," Jenkins noted. "I wanted see how the fans treated the team. I wanted to experience the whole diversity of the campus and just the ups and downs."

The Stamford, Conn., native certainly saw the "downs" that the crushing loss provided, but Jenkins still enjoyed the Southern hospitality in the Grove before the game and the passion Ole Miss fans displayed after the game.

"Before the game started, Everybody was pretty pumped up and excited. They showed me so much love, like I was already on the team," Jenkins said. "Once the game started, the atmosphere was crazy. Then after the loss, you could tell how much the fans cared about Ole Miss. You can just tell."

The defensive lineman lists Oklahoma State, Auburn, Tulsa, Mississippi State, Houston, and Syracuse as other universities he may visit.

"Everybody in Oxford thought once they lost, that I would not even think about Ole Miss, but when they lost and during the game, I saw two sides of Ole Miss. I walked in at their prime and walked in when they got hit with adversity," Jenkins added. "So, this weekend, i'm looking to see how they bounce back because I need to see how they respond.

"It's human. We all take our losses, now it's time to see if they bounce back."

Jenkins belives Ole Miss defensive line coach Terry Price is "going to get them right," after speaking with the Rebel coach upon his return to the Perkinston campus.

"Knowing the coaching staff, like I do now, i know they're going to have some fight in them," said Jenkins.

Ole Miss' graduating defensive line is inviting for the junior college prospect, and Jenkins admits "it does make (Ole Miss) more attractive, because I have a great opportunity if I do decide to commit to Ole Miss. If I work hard, I'll be able to play."

Jenkins plans to visit Mississippi State for the September 25 game against Georgia, where he will see another ex-MGCCC teammate in James Carmon, who signed with the Bulldogs last February.

Jenkins plans to make his decision in December after the early signing period "to see who's leaving to go where."

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