With defensive back being a need going into the recruiting class of 2016, the Bearcats got off to a quick start securing commitments from Romelo Webster, Dontye Carriere-Williams, among others. Recently the class has taken a hit however, with both decommitting within the past week. Enter: Eric Jenkins, a ball hawking corner, ready to make an immediate impact within the Bearcats program.
Deeper Look into the Game of Jenkins:
Strengths: A prototypical corner, possessing elite speed and quick hips, which results in his ability to play great man coverage against any wide receiver. He is able to mix it up, showing an ability to play both press man coverage, and an off man zone. Any mistake is easily covered up with his 4.4 speed. He plays the ball in the air like a centerfielder, attacks the ball at it's highest point, often coming down with interceptions rather than just deflections.
Weaknesses: Not an overly physical football player, he can tackle at an average level, but is by no means a consistent thumper in the open field. Appears to be stuck in his back pedal too often, relying upon his pure athletic ability against opponents he overmatches.
Projection: Jenkins will look to make an immediate impact at least as a nickel corner in his first year on campus. His athleticism will make the jump right away, as he is a true Div. 1 athlete. He has the potential to eventually transition into a full-time cornerback, depending on his adjustment into the defensive scheme.