Janoris Jenkins Will Transfer to North Alabama

KNOXVILLE TN - SEPTEMBER 18: Janoris Jenkins #1 of the Florida Gators fights to bring down Tauren Poole #28 of the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 18 2010 in Knoxville Tennessee. Florida won 31-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

We had talked about Janoris Jenkins being claimed in the supplemental draft by the Seahawks, if there is one, and debated on how much the Hawks might be willing to give up to acquire the standout corner. However, that now appears to be moot as he's decided to transfer to North Alabama to play corner for his final season pending NCAA approval. Josh Buchanan of JB Scouting, who is very plugged in to the small school system and it's prospects, announced this on his twitter account yesterday.

Jenkins was recently kicked off of Florida's football program after being arrested for marijuana possession. He is (was?) a top-tier first round caliber cornerback that some people had rated in the same range as Jimmy Smith and Prince Amukamara had he decided to declare for the draft. He'll be a player to watch in 2011 if you can find a channel that is showing North Alabama play. 

Until then go check out Rob Staton's excellent breakdown on Jenkins, including some game tape to watch and a good overall summary of the whole situation - also prior links where Rob scouted Jenkins and a piece by Matthew Elder that points out some interesting matchups to watch for in 2011. Rob had this to say about Jenkins: "He's very much a competitive playmaker with eight career interceptions. Despite not being the biggest or most physical cornerback (5-11, 190lbs) he plays above those limitations as witnessed against the likes of Jones, Green and Jeffery. In terms of coverage, he's as good as it gets and has fluid hips, excellent recovery speed, a competitive streak to challenge for the ball and instinct. He could return kicks at North Alabama and put points on the board regularly."

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