LB Jordan Jenkins drawing attention of NFL draft analysts

Earlier this week, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. listed Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins as the third best underclassman (sophomores and freshmen) in college football.

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper listed Georgia freshman linebacker as the third best underclassman. Jenkins has 19 tackles, six tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery this year.

When Jenkins heard that, the true freshman said he could not help but smile.

“That’s definitely something that shocked me,” said Jenkins, who was ranked third behind South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Notre Dame sophomore defensive end and Monroe native Stephon Tuitt. “I know I’ve performed well in some games.”

Thus far, Jenkins has made three starts and collected 19 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Still, the young playmaker, who calls himself simply an “adequate player,” has higher expectations.

“I’m going to have to work a little bit harder and get at least six or seven sacks,” Jenkins said.

Earlier this week, Georgia coach Mark Richt announced Jenkins had taken over the outside linebacker spot opposite Jarvis Jones in Georgia’s base 3-4 scheme. The Hamilton native is expected to grow into the roles Jones has played whenever Jones’ time in Athens is over.

“I know I’m going to try to break whatever records (Jones) sets this year,” said Jenkins, who ranks second on the team in quarterback hurries (13) behind only Jones. “I want to try and set some records my own self and catch up to him.”

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