The biggest college football player at Jordan-Hare Stadium last Saturday may not have been on the Auburn or South Carolina sidelines, not with 6-foot-4, 320-pound Johnathan Jenkins in the stands.
The defensive tackle from Gulf Coast Mississippi Community College in Perkinston, Miss., visited Auburn for the first time.
“It was good. I enjoyed it,” Jenkins said. “I liked the Tiger Walk and the stadium atmosphere and being among the coaching staff. It was cool.”
Jenkins met with Auburn’s entire coaching staff before the game but spent the most time with defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.
“Coach Rocker didn’t really say anything to try to sell me on Auburn. He would just say, ‘I’m glad you came down and enjoy my stay and the game,’ you know, ‘This is Auburn. This is what we have. This is us and I hope you like what you see.’
“It was cool, calm, effective approach.”
Jenkins has offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Houston, Baylor and Southern Miss.
Jenkins attended an Ole Miss game earlier this season and hopes to catch a game at Mississippi State and Tennessee later this fall. He has set his first official visit to Houston on Oct. 8 and also plans to set up one to Oklahoma State.
Jenkins is trying to visit nearby schools unofficially and set up officials to schools farther away. He remains pretty wide open at this point in his recruitment.
“If I take an official visit to a school that I’m close by then I really like them and want to see more of them,” he said.
Jenkins hopes to return to Auburn later this fall for an unofficial or official visit.
“It’s a good possibility,” he said. “I just got to talk it over with the coaching staff.”
Jenkins was joined on the visit by MGCCC freshman defensive end Dimitri Orr, who played at Oxford (Ala.) High School last year.