May 31, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough: Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins is a 6’2” 270 lbs. defensive lineman for Ehret High School in Marrero, LA. Patrick bench presses 350 lbs. and squats 470 lbs. Patrick has offers from Arkansas, Colorado, Ole Miss and Tulane, among other schools.


How long have you been playing football and what got you started playing?

I’ve been playing football since I can remember. My brother was a big influence on me. All he knew was football, so he helped me get started.


What has football taught you about life?

Football has taught me everything I know as far as being a good person and being respectful. I know there are people watching me, so I keep working hard so I don’t have a bad influence on them.


Where do you see football taking you in life?

I’m using football to put me on a good path in life and get my degree. I’m not depending on football, as in the NFL, to take me where I want to go. I want to make sure I get my degree.


What is the strong point of your game?

My hands and my mindset. I go up against guys knowing that I’m not going to lose.


What can you bring to a college program that will make you special?

I’m a good person with a good heart and a good mindset.


Is there a college or professional player you compare your game to?

I would say Everson Griffen of the Minnesota Vikings. We both use our hands very well and have explosive get-offs.


Who has been the biggest influence on you?

My brother. He played football and I looked up to him. Everything he did, I did. He was a good influence on my life, because I could be doing way worse than I’m doing right now, but he just made me keep going and taught me to finish what I start.