Monday, January 7, 2013
WR Jenkins drops Clemson for Vols
By Radi Nabulsi
With just under a month to go until signing day, commitments and decommitments are popping up all over the place. On Monday morning it was Clemson’s turn to lose a top prospect as ESPN 300 wide receiver Ryan Jenkins (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) dropped the Tigers in favor of another orange-themed program.
“I decommitted from Clemson and I will be going to the University of Tennessee,” Jenkins said in a text to RecruitingNation.
Jenkins is a legacy commitment for Tennessee. His father, Lee Jenkins, was a standout cornerback for the Volunteers. Jenkins went through most of his recruitment without an offer from Tennessee but new head coach Butch Jones reached out to the four-star receiver shortly after Jones was settled in Knoxville. The offer to play for the Vols came just three days after Jones was announced as the new coach.
Jenkins is the second Peach State wide receiver to recently decommit from the Tigers. Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County) told Derek Tyson on Monday morning that he planned to enroll at Florida after having flipped to Florida once, then back to Clemson and then finally decommitting all together. Clemson also suffered the decommitments of No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) and David Kamara (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) in November. The Tigers failed to sign any prospect from the Peach State last year.