Arrington Jenkins, an ultra-talented linebacker from Coral Park High School in Miami, FL has committed to the Florida State Seminoles. Jenkins stands a hair shy of 6'3" and weighs 220 lbs. He is an excellent athlete and an extremely underrated prospect. Some scouts have called him the most talented prospect in Miami-Dade county. He is very raw, but very talented.
Jenkins actually sat out his junior year due to academic troubles. But this year he rededicated himself in the classroom and not only did he fix his grades to allow himself on the field, but it is also believed that he is now eligible to enroll in college. That is a huge victory for Jenkins, as he was once regarded as a player who would be taking the junior college route. Jenkins indicated that it is likely he will qualify.
Jamie Newberg of ESPN landed three great quotes from Jenkins:
"I don't have to worry about the ‘U' anymore. I want to put them in the ground for the next four years."
"I will bring a strike like a rattlesnake to the Florida State defense."
"I love what FSU is doing. I love Jimbo Fisher and the coaches. I love how they are recruiting and the players that are already there. Each and every day will be a competition at practice. That's what I want. That's what I need. I want to practice against the best. That's what it takes to be the best."
Jenkins will need a lot of coaching and isn't expected to be an early contributor in the base defense. He should be an excellent special teamer early on. Jenkins is arguably the second-best linebacker in the state of Florida behind Tony Steward.
He is a four-star prospect on ESPN and they place him in a six-way tie for the sixth best outside linebacker prospect in the country. Scout and Rivals rate him as a three-star prospect.
His commitment to the Seminoles is unsurprising as he was expected to do so during this weekend's official visit. Jenkins is a cousin of Florida State defensive tackle Jaccobi McDaniel.
Jenkins is Florida State's 24rd commitment of the 2011 class. The 'Noles are considered strong contenders to land the top class in the entire country. For more, please see the recruiting board.
Jenkins had wanted to wait until Thursday to announce, but the Miami Herald ran with the story and Jenkins confirmed it was true.
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