Olney (MD) Our Lady of Good Counsel defensive end Kris Jenkins, Jr. committed to Michigan on Wednesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Iowa, Maryland, Penn State, and Virginia Tech, among others.
Jenkins is listed at 6’4″, 239 lbs.
ESPN: 3-star, 78 grade, #49 DE
Rivals: 3-star, 5.6 grade, #48 SDE
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #25 SDE, #515 overall
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Jenkins is the son of former Belleville (MI) Belleville lineman Kris Jenkins, who went on to Maryland and then the NFL; he’s also the nephew of former NFL defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, who played his college ball at Central Michigan. As the son and nephew of legitimate NFL standouts (Kris was a four-time Pro Bowler, Cullen made 49 career sacks), one would think that Junior would get a bunch of attention.
Michigan didn’t offer until May, though, and many big-time programs still haven’t offered. Jenkins took an official visit to Michigan from June 21-23 (LINK), and the rest is history.
I like Jenkins’s ability to retrace his steps to chase or track down screens. He also does a good job of playing low and using leverage. He’s an aggressive player who doesn’t mind throwing around his body.
On the flip side, Jenkins is somewhat heavy-footed. He plays with flat feet, and that starts with his stance; I’m a little surprised that a player with his pedigree isn’t a little more refined with his stance and technique. He could also afford to use his hands more effectively.
Overall, it’s hard to bet against his family lineage. At the same time, his rankings by the recruiting sites seem to be pretty accurate. He’s not a dynamic athlete off the edge. He looks to me like a player who will need to add a chunk of weight and become a 3-technique or nose tackle. If I had to come up with a Michigan comparison, I would throw out the name Lawrence Marshall.
Michigan now has 21 commitments in the 2020 class, including defensive linemen Jenkins, Aaron Lewis, and Braiden McGregor. The last player Michigan landed from Good Counsel was cornerback Blake Countess, and the Wolverines have been hitting the State of Maryland hard with Jenkins and their four commitments from Baltimore St. Frances (Blake Corum, Nikhai Hill-Green, Micah Mazzccua, and Osman Savage).
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