Good Counsel Graduate Poised for Big Season
Jelani Jenkins /Courtesy photoJelani Jenkins appears to be destined for greatness.
Last season, the 18-year-old started as a linebacker for the University of Florida Gators, made the Southeastern Conference Freshman All-American team, finished the season as Florida's second-leading tackler and also landed on the SEC freshman academic honor roll.
"You have to humble yourself and not expect anything to be given to you. Work hard for everything that you want. The amount of work that you put in will decide the results," Jenkins said.
This fall, Jenkins will take the reins as Florida's defensive leader. Thus far, he's already named to several 2011 award watch lists and some NFL scouts predict that he will be the best outside linebacker available if he decides to enter the 2012 NFL draft.
According to Maurice Jenkins, his son's talent was apparent at a young age.
He first spotted the competitive streak in his eight-year-old son at a Prince George's County skating rink.
"He must have fallen down about 100 times. It didn't matter how many times he fell, he brushed his little legs off and kept getting back up," the proud father said. "To me, that spoke to his character and determination."