John Jenkins is big. Well, that’s an understatement, he’s gigantic. The JUCO transfer was listed last year by Scout.com at 6’4”, 340 pounds. Needless to say, I think he is bigger.
Jenkins has garnered some comparisons to another JUCO player that helped turn around a program: Terrance “Mount” Cody. I can see the similarities in their listed size, but seeing Jenkins in street clothes shows that he carries his weight much better than Mr. Cody does.
Jenkins, in my humble opinion, is the most important player for this year in this past recruiting class, and should at the least rival Isaiah Crowell in terms of impact. One of the biggest reasons that the 3-4 wasn’t as effective as many thought it would be was because Georgia, with much respect to DeAngelo Tyson, didn’t have the quintessential nose guard to take up two or three blockers and clog up the middle on every snap.
In comes Jenkins, this after Kwame Geathers (6’5”, 350ish) was the most impressive Bulldog this spring, and we now have one of the biggest lines in the country.
Jenkins should be the starter, and is expected to be, whenever the Bulldogs arrive at the Georgia Dome to face Boise State. The thing that could be scary is you have Jenkins, Geathers, and Tyson (6’2”, 308) on the field all at one time. Then you can add in Abry Jones, who is listed at 6’3”, 309 pounds, and we would undoubtedly have the biggest four man front if we wanted it.
Tyson and Jones are both good athletes, in fact Jones had16 tackles against Georgia Tech, but I don’t know if they can match what Jenkins has. Jenkins’ first love was basketball, but a coach finally talked him into playing football because of his size. Needless to say it was a good choice.
Jenkins has very good agility for his size, and obviously has enormous strength.
If I was looking to compare the impact he could bring, I can’t help but go along with everyone else and go with Mount Cody. In his two years at Alabama, Cody anchored a line that didn’t give up a 100 yard rusher in either season. In fact, opposing offenses only averaged 68.2 yards per game on the ground. He was a consensus All American both seasons.
Jenkins has the talent and size to make that big of a difference in Athens, if not even bigger. He’s truly an amazing talent that has enormous potential. At the bottom I will be placing some pictures that can truly show the size of this guy and how he carries his weight.