If you’ve been under a rock for the last week and missed the rise of our new Jayhawk overlords, Kansas is on a roll. Coach Beaty and the Jayhawks are raiding the heart of SEC territory and are having a surprising amount of success. Over the weekend they landed five players from New Orleans, and now they have a sixth with the commitment of Plaquemine, LA, defensive tackle Nelson Jenkins.
Jenkins is considered a 3-star prospect by Rivals, though he’s unranked by other sites, such as 247sports, ESPN, and Scout, but that will surely change as he picks up more interest. He doesn’t list any other offers, but many expected him to ultimately choose the hometown LSU Tigers. Well, before coach Beaty and his staff went to work that is.
BREAKING: Jayhawks land all-state DT Nelson Jenkins from Louisiana. On the phone with Jenkins story coming shortly #kufball
— JayhawkSlant (@JayhawkSlant) February 6, 2017
THE JENKINS FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Ranking||Star Rating|
|Nelson Jenkins||Plaquemine, LA||DT||Unrated||⭐⭐⭐|
Running backs coach and New Orleans native Tony Hull has been looking at Jenkins for a while, and obviously made enough of an impact on the talented big man to merit a commitment, despite Jenkins having not yet visited Lawrence. The addition of Jenkins moves Kansas to seventh in Rivals team rankings, furthering the Jayhawks claim as the best 2018 class in the Big 12 as of right now. That will surely change, but as the Jayhawks continue to pick up more commitments, it’s clear coach Beaty is changing the culture in Lawrence.
The 6-foot-4, 290 pound lineman will give Kansas a big boost in the interior of their defense as soon as he gets on campus. He’s an excellent run stuffer because of his size, and if he adds some more muscle he could become a very good nose-tackle. He’ll have to work on his footwork, but he has a very good motor and a ton of potential.
Kansas will have to continue recruiting Jenkins and their other Louisiana recruits all the way through February 2018, but if they can hang on to them, David Beaty may have something special building in Lawrence.