Pat Narduzzi is still looking to add to his program’s Class of 2022 and identified a new target by extending him an offer.
2022 defensive lineman Jayson Jenkins (6-foot-6, 257 pounds) from Notre Dame High School in Trenton, New Jersey, received word that he’d received an offer to play at Pitt. It’s been quite a week for Jenkins, as he received his first D-I offer last Thursday from Temple and received his first two Power Five offers yesterday from Pitt and Boston College. This morning before a phone interview with Pittsburgh Sports Now, Jenkins got a call from Indiana, who offered him as well.
“I’m just very honored and humbled to be given an opportunity to play at such a high level from those respective universities,” said Jenkins. “It’s just an affirmation of all the hard work I’ve put in over the last few years. It’s honestly very rewarding to see that all the work I’ve put in and my play on the field is being recognized. It’s very exciting.”
Great dominant team win last night! Having fun playing with the guys as always!
— Jayson “Jenks” Jenkins (@jaysonjenkins_) October 16, 2021
“In terms of what has sparked this interest, from what I’m hearing, just my film and what coaches are hearing about me as a player and as a student. I guess it’s just found the right ears and eyes. I think I will bring a mental and physical toughness. I think I’m very fast off the ball, I’m very violent with my hands and can create separation. I consider myself a pretty good pass rusher and I can line up in a 1, 3 or a 5 and wherever a team needs me on defense. I’ll do my 1/11th for my team and do whatever I can to hunt for a win every week.”
In terms of the conversation on Thursday with Pitt, the offer came from Charlie Partridge and comes after previous talks with both him and his area recruiter, Tim Salem.
“I’ve been speaking with both Coach Salem and Coach Partridge,” said Jenkins. “They’ve both liked my play and said it has been good. As I said before, they like my mental toughness, aspect of the game and believe I really have that. They believe I play smart, tough, play fast and play violent. I know Pitt is a very good football program and is known for breading out players on the defensive line. I also know that Pitt is a very competitive team every single year.”
With his recruitment starting to take off, Jenkins and his family have already started to map out visits over the next couple of months, including a few official visits.
“I’m going on a couple official visits in December, including ones to Temple, Boston College and Pitt. This weekend, I’ll be making an unofficial visit to Rutgers. I’m really excited for all of this.”
Jenkins tells PSN that his official visit to Pitt will start on December 10.