Tennessee Football Lands 2022 Defensive End Commitment

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    With National Signing Day on the horizon, the Tennessee Volunteers and head coach Josh Heupel have made another big move. On Saturday evening, defensive end prospect Jayson “Jenks” Jenkins announced his commitment to Heupel and Tennessee.

    Jenkins posted his announcement to Twitter on Saturday saying, “Vol Nation, Let’s Rock”.

    Jenkings, a three-star defensive line prospect from Notre Dame High School in Trenton, NJ, is the 25th player in Tennessee’s 2022 class including enrollees, signees, and transfers.

    Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 260-pounds, Jenkings is just outside of the Top 25 New Jersey prospects at No. 26, according to 247 Sports. In addition, 247 has Jenkins as the 180th-ranked defensive line prospect in the class.

    Tennessee’s involvement with Jenkings, which first began a few days after New Years, has strictly taken place in 2022. On Jan. 4, 2022, the Vols offered Jenkins a scholarship, which was followed by an in-home visit from Heupel and Rodney Garner on Jan. 26. Just two days later, on Jan. 28, Jenkings flew to Knoxville for an official visit on Jan. 28.

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    Then, just a day into his offivial visit in Knoxville, Jenkins officially announced his commitment to the University of Tennessee.

    As a prospect in the class of 2022, Jenkins had 13 scholarship offers to play football. Jenkins had three SEC offers from Tennessee, Florida, and Missouri.

    In addition to three-star commit Jayson Jenkins, Tennessee already has four-star defensive lineman Tyre West and three-star defensive lineman Jordan Phillips enrolled in school from the 2022 class. In addition, the Vols will be bringing in two dangerous edge-rushers in four-star commits James Pearce and Joshua Josephs.

    National Signing Day will take place this Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.