December 2, 2006
Impressions: Pahokee-Trinity Catholic
Saturday afternoon, Rivals.com Southeastern Recruiting Analyst JC Shurburtt took in Pahokee (Fla.) High School's 25-11 victory against Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic in the Florida High School Athletic Association's Class 2B state championship game. Below are Shurburtt's thoughts on several of the prospects that were on hand for the contest.
Class of 2008 cornerback prospect Janoris Jenkins had the best day out of all of the Division I-A prospects on the field. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder was excellent in coverage against the Celtics' passing attack.
Jenkins is your classic, though, South Florida defensive back. He isn't afraid to hit and has great instincts in the passing game. He can flat-out find the football and plays receivers very physical. He was credited with only one pass break-up officially, but had several instances where he jarred the ball loose from a receiver with a big hit.
Jenkins also is good in run support. He had six tackles (one for loss) during the game.
Though he projects on defense in college, he was equally impressive carrying the football. He brings that same toughness and athleticism to the table on offense. He rushed for a game-high 113 yards on 20 carries from the tailback position, showing off his quickness, speed and burst.
Jenkins also contributes on special teams (he had one kickoff return for 12 yards) and showed off his excellent ball skills on a couple of receptions out of the backfield (two for 22 yards).
It would not be a surprise to see the three major Florida schools (Florida, Florida State and Miami) ultimately offer Jenkins a scholarship, along with most of the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast Conference schools that recruit the Sunshine State.
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