This morning the Miami Hurricanes football program got a much needed commitment from Wayne (N.J.) De Paul Catholic defensive tackle Courtel Jenkins. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound, 3 star lineman gives the Canes a boost on the D-Line, here is what he told SOTU tonight:
When did you know Miami was where you wanted to be and why?
I knew it was the place for me as soon as I got around the coaches and on the campus. The emotion the coaches showed and the way their faces glowed when they talk to me or just said my name.
Was Miami's need for depth on the D-Line a big factor?
Yes, I have the chance to play as a true freshmen that part is in my hands.
Are you planning on taking any other visits?
No, I'm not I cancelled my summer plans.
What do the coaches think are your strongest qualities and what are the areas of your game you need most work on?
They love the fact that I'm a hard worker, physical. I can also pass rush and can move very well and I have a motor that goes and goes!
What are you most excited about being a Cane?
Just being part of that brotherhood and having a chance to be part of something great cause great things are going to happen at the U
There have been many great defensive lineman to come out of the CanesFam, guys like Maryland, Sapp, Kennedy, was that a factor in your decision?
Yes I wanted to be the next guy on that great list of people and it's just exciting to have the chance to just be at the school they went to!
Which coach has been your main recruiter and what did the coaches say when you committed?
Coach (Mark) D'Onofrio and when I told them today all you can hear was screaming and Coach (Jethro) Franklin yelling he got a 1, as in 1 tech (translation for those football laymen, a 1 tech is a 1 technique on the D-Line when you play a shade on the center).
Jenkins graduates spring of 2014, we thank him for his time and wish him the best in his senior year.