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Florida's Friday Night Lights notes

Jordan Jenkins didn't participate in Friday Night Lights, but he was discussed a lot

Updated: July 23, 2011, 3:28 PM ET
By Corey Long | ESPN Recruiting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Even though ESPNU 150 defensive end Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga./Harris County) spent Friday Night Lights as a spectator, he was still treated like a main attraction.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder dealt with plenty of sales pitches from current Gator commits Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and Quinteze Williams (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), as well as current players like Ronald Powell.

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Adam Geaslen Jordan Jenkins is No. 63 overall in the 2012 class.

"Ronald is always talking a little bit of junk, you know, he wants me to come in and challenge him for his spot," Jenkins said. "He's a real fun guy to hang around, and we have a similar skill set."

Right now Alabama and Florida are sitting at the top for Jenkins, with Georgia and Auburn trailing. Jenkins says the Tigers have fallen back a bit but Alabama is making a serious charge.

"Whenever I am around there it just feels right; it feels like another home," Jenkins said. "I really like the coaches down there and I've built a great relationship with them."

Jenkins says a decision could be coming anywhere from midseason around October to December.

He feels like he's seen everything he needed to during this offseason from the Gators.

"I think I've got a great idea of what Florida offers in terms of the school, the program, the coaching staff and all the facilities," Jenkins said. "Right now it comes down to weighing the pros and cons of everything and figuring out what school is the best fit."

Besides watching and learning from Florida defensive coaches Dan Quinn and Bryant Young, Jenkins had some time to talk with defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C./Chase), who was also watching the event.

"He and I talked a little recruiting, but he's a pretty quiet guy for the most part," Jenkins said. "He never really told me where any school stands or anything like that."

Williams, who did work out, also chimed in every so often.

"You know Jordan and I are friends so I'm just trying to get him here so we can dominate things on the defensive side of the ball," Williams said. "The coaches love him and we'd love to have him."

Diggs has them talking

Wearing fluorescent yellow compression shorts, wide receiver Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) was easy to spot on the field Friday night.

And the top-rated wide receiver in the nation gave fans and coaches an impressive performance during the one-on-one sessions.

He also impressed a few players on the sidelines, including ESPNU 150 defensive back Brian Poole (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast).

"He's pretty good," Poole said. "That's the type of receiver that you can win championships with."

Class of 2013 defensive back Jamonte Jones (Ocala, Fla./St. John's Lutheran) gave up a little size to the 6-foot, 185-pound Diggs, but eagerly challenged him every time.

"I was targeting Stefon Diggs because he's supposed to be the best out there," Jones said. "I wanted to show people that I can hang with a player like that."

Diggs planned on staying in Gainesville through Saturday to spend more time with the Gators' coaching staff.

Fowler has fun, still a Nole

Though defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) has been committed to Florida State for several months, it didn't stop him from participating Friday and soaking up compliments from the Gators coaching staff.

"They are impressed with me and they tell me that I'm a beast and they really want me here," Fowler said. "I just wanted to come and compete and have a good time. My younger brother, Donterio, also participated. This was the last camp of my high school career."

Fowler, who had been in Tallahassee for the past three days, even took the opportunity to participate in the one-on-one sessions.

"The coaches didn't want me to do the one-on-ones, but I wanted to show you guys another element to my game," Fowler joked.

The 6-3, 245-pound Under Armour All-American says he will attend the Florida-Alabama game and could take an official to the school after the season. Miami and USC are also in line for officials.

But Fowler says he's all Seminole.

"I am 100 percent committed to Florida State," Fowler said.

Notes

• Williams also talked about his interaction with Powell and said the Gators' sophomore defensive end's message is starting to get through.

"I'm definitely taking things more seriously and picking up the pace because Ronald knows what it takes to play at this level," Williams said. "That's why I like it here and why this is a great family to be part of."

Williams says he's up to 260 pounds and would like to be at 300 pounds of "solid muscle" by the end of his senior season. He is working toward an early graduation.

• Florida commit Jeremi Powell (Largo, Fla./Pinellas Park) was completely taken back by the atmosphere.

"Just playing inside that stadium under the lights was a dream," Powell said. "I had to slap myself to make sure it was real. I did that a few times."

The 6-1, 200-pound linebacker/safety prospect says he's "5,000 percent" committed to Florida.

• Linebacker Marquel Holmes (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic) said he was able to take in plenty of instruction as he makes the move from defensive end to linebacker.

"The coaches pulled me aside a few times to give me some tips," Holmes said. "I appreciate it. I'm going to use a lot of what they told me."

• Defensive back Antonio Crawford (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and his teammate, rising junior Paris Bostick, both took part in the camp. Crawford committed to Georgia Tech earlier in the day.

• Recent Class of 2013 Georgia quarterback commit Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) participated in the event. Ramsey's future teammate Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) was also in attendance but did not work out.

• Some of the other top underclassmen who chose to work out Friday included running backs Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central) and Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa), defensive back Demarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), wide receiver Taj Williams (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln), tight end Jordan Leggett (Navarre, Fla./Navarre) and defensive back Marcell Harris (Groveland, Fla./South Lake).

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.

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