January 25, 2011

Jenkins makes decision, and fulfills dream

Coral Park (Miami, Fla.) LB Arrington Jenkins originally planned to announce his college choice on Friday morning. However, after sleeping on that decision, he decided to push his decision up to Tuesday morning.

"I just committed to Florida State. I had a great visit to Illinois, but after the visit, I went home and tried to picture where I could see myself over the next four years. That place was Florida State," explained Jenkins. "I spent a lot of time with my coach just going through all the positives and negatives for each school. In the end, I chose FSU."

When did Jenkins the decision to become a Seminole?

"I actually didn't make the decision until Monday afternoon when I told the FSU coaches," noted Jenkins. "I called Coach Coley, who was my main recruiter. From the very start, we connected as player and coach because he, along with Coach Gran made me a priority. Even when I was still waiting on my test scores or grades, they never let up about the fact that I was one of the top linebackers they were recruiting. Coach Coley liked the explosiveness I brought to that position with just a mean attitude."

Many factors helped the Seminoles' cause, but one of the biggest might have been the fact that it's always been his dream to suit up for the Garnet and Gold.

"It all started when I was about five years old. My dad is a big Florida State fan, so that really drew me to watch them on a consistent basis," explained Jenkins. "My dad would tell me about guys like Marvin Jones, who is also from Miami so after that point it was a dream of mine to play there. Today I'm very blessed to have an opportunity like this.".

Jenkins also had some connections to Florida State cousin, including cousin DT Jacobbi McDaniel and close friend Mike Harris, who is also in the secondary.

"Jacobbi is my cousin, but we didn't talk as much as I did with Mike Harris, who I grew up with," Jenkins replied. "I'm actually not surprised Mike tore it up this year because he did the same think in high school. Now I get to join him in that secondary and expect to make a strong impact. Having two guys I know very well there makes me feel comfortable coming into a new system."

So how does Jenkins see himself fitting into the FSU defense?

"I think what I bring is a little aggression and furious play from the linebacker position. The coaches like me as a middle linebacker, but I'll play wherever," said Jenkins. "My weight is actually up to 237 pounds right now. My senior year was tough because I suffered back-to-back concussions, so that sidelined me a lot during the year. At Florida State, I plan on bringing a hard hitting style. That's my game, so I just never let up in that aggression."

Living in Miami, Jenkins grew up following a Dade County, former Gulliver Prep star and Miami Hurricane, the late Sean Taylor.

"I will be wearing number 26 that's what I want to where. Sean was one of the best safeties to come out of Dade County and now I believe I will be one of the top linebackers to come out of this county, but I'm heading to Florida State," Jenkins replied."It's actually a funny story because when Sean was in high school, he first went to Miami Killian, as did I.

He then later transferred to Gulliver Prep, and I was actually thinking about going there as well, but ended up at Coral Park. He went to Miami and now I'm going to Florida State. He always wanted to play for Miami and I feel the same way about Florida State. My style resembles everything Sean did with the big hits. That's how I play just a Sean Taylor version at linebacker. He had a strong effect on me pushing myself as a player, so I plan on honoring him in wearing his number at Florida State."

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