LSU added its 18th commitment for the 2020 recruiting class today with defensive lineman Patrick Jenkins out of long-time New Orleans Westbank powerhouse John Ehret.
Jenkins is a 6-2, 285-pound defensive linemen who turned heads at LSU’s offensive/defensive linemen camp two weeks ago, and earned a scholarship offer. Though he’s only a three-star prospect on the 247 Sports composite right now, many believe that ranking will rise considerably after a spring that saw Jenkins pick up offers from the likes of Miami, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and TCU.
Jenkins wowed onlookers at LSU’s camp, standing out even among bigger in-state names like Jacquelin Roy and Jacobian Guillory.
Pat Jenkins has a really quick first step pic.twitter.com/PZeaMYaePn— Jimmy D Smith (@JimmyDetail) June 1, 2019
As a stocky, undersized defensive linemen from Ehret, the obvious comparison here is former Tiger star Drake Nevis, but when you watch some film cuts...
Quick first step, high motor...an up-field disruptor? Yep. Nevis. You have to like his hustle as well, fighting through blocks and staying with plays to get to quarterbacks holding the ball in several of these clips. You also like to see the hip and shoulder flexibility you see in some of these workout clips as well:
To call back to last weekend’s roundtable, don’t assume Jenkins’ offer and commitment has anything to do with the status of Louisiana’s other major defensive line prospects — Roy, Guillory and Jalen Lee. Sources say LSU loved what they saw of Jenkins in spring evaluations and then in camp, and made him his own priority. They also plan to snag as many defensive linemen in this class as possible, maybe six or seven. Jenkins now makes three with commitments Ali Gaye and Jordan Berry (remember that commitment CamRon Jackson is projected by many to shift to offensive line). The class currently has seven open spots, and three are almost certainly targeted for that remaining in-state trio. But I also expect LSU to try and sign as many linemen that they like as possible, rather than wait out and get left holding the bag, as in last cycle.