During that conversation, Grantham, who played an integral role in the Harris County linebacker choosing the Bulldogs over Alabama, officially gave Jenkins the green light to play in 2012.
“He said to get ready because I’m going to be playing a good bit in the Buffalo game,” Jenkins.
And he’ll be on the field in the season opener wearing his favorite uniform number. Jenkins will wear No. 59 after redshirt freshman long snapper Nathan Theus agreed to give it up.
Jordan Jenkins will have #59 when he arrives on campus because Georgia long snapper Nathan Theus dropped the number in order for the Harris County star to have it.
It remains to be seen, however, if Theus would have given up his number for his little brother - John - who will join Jenkins in Athens as a member of the class of 2012 this fall. - Dean Legge
Playing early and securing his favorite number – throw in that his weight is up over 250 pounds - and it’s clear everything is coming together for Jenkins.
“I can’t wait to just being able to represent Georgia and being able to play in front of all those fans,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins also specifically knows where he’ll be playing this season. He’ll be manning the spot – known as the Will – currently occupied by All-American Jarvis Jones.
“That’s the one thing I can’t wait for because I sort of got a taste for it last season,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins predominately played defensive end in high school, but moved to outside linebacker for the final two games of his senior season.
“I got to blitz off the edge one game for pretty much the whole entire night,” he said, speaking about a win against Starr’s Mill in late October. “That’s just something I like: going from having to go up against the big offensive tackles and guards to playing outside with just the tackle there by himself.”
With a month and a half left before he reports to Athens, Jenkins is working out and participating in track and field. He’s using a mix and match of the workouts from Harris County High and what the Georgia coaches sent him. Grantham is pleased with Jenkins’ current weight, but says he could gain up 265 and still be effective.
Jenkins, nicknamed the Freak, is a member of the 4x100 relay team and is also competing in the discus, shot put and long jump events.
“I’ve intertwined everything together,” he said of his workout schedule.
He’ll plans to live Quayvon Hicks, James Deloach and Jonathan Taylor once he gets to Georgia in June. But another member of the 2012 has Jenkins excited. Lowndes High (Valdosta, Ga.) athlete Josh Harvey-Clemons will play outside linebacker, too, but will be lined up at the position opposite Jones and Jenkins – what is called the Sam.
Jenkins sees himself and Harvey-Clemons as a duo that should solidify the two outside linebacker spots for years to come.
“I know we’re both going to be playing ‘backer. He’s a better coverage linebacker than me, and he’s going to be playing (Sam),” Jenkins said. “He’s real good at covering.”