Auburn atmosphere impresses 2012 d-end

It’s easy for any first-time visitor to get caught up in the excitement of a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. And that was certainly the case for Jordan Jenkins at last Saturday’s Auburn-South Carolina game.

Jenkins, a 2012 defensive end from Harris County High School in Hamilton, Ga., said the excitement was infectious.

“It was something else,” Jenkins said. “Before the game started when we were pulling up all we saw was orange, orange everywhere. During Tiger Walk we saw thousands and thousands of people lined up.

“On some of the highlights I just got up and started cheering. It was an amazing game and it was really nice up there.”

Jenkins said he spoke to nearly every coach on Auburn’s staff including Tracy Rocker.

“He’s a really fun guy. He really cares about you,” Jenkins said. “We were just talking about how I'm coming off of my ankle injury because I rolled my ankle two games ago.

“He said just go all-out and try to get as many sacks as I can.”

Jenkins attended a Georgia Tech earlier this season. He plans to attend Saturday’s Florida-Alabama game in Tuscaloosa and next week’s LSU-Florida game in Gainesville.

He also hopes to return for another Auburn game later this fall.

“My sister didn’t get to go and we’ve talked about going back. We’ve got to see if it fits into our schedule,” he said.

Jenkins already has nine verbal offers from Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“It just inspires me to get better,” he said.

It’s still early in his recruitment and Jenkins is considering all the schools that have offered.

“The playing field is pretty open right now,” he said.

Jenkins has played in every game this season despite his injury but said his ankle is feeling much better now as Harris County (1-3) prepares for a home game against McIntosh Friday.

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