One of the top prospects in Auburn’s backyard has ambitions to leave the state.
Tank Jenkins, a four-star offensive tackle from Montgomery, Ala., said that while he holds both the Tigers and Alabama in high regard, leaving the state altogether could prove to be his best option.
“Alabama and Auburn are good schools, and I have a great time when I go down there, but I want to take my talent and take it far away from Alabama and get out of Alabama,” said Jenkins, the No. 4 offensive tackle in 2018.
“I think that would be best for my life.”
Jenkins, who has already reported 14 offers, said the idea of leaving the state of Alabama has crossed his mind several times.
He added: “I just want to find a place that fits me best — not just Auburn and Alabama.”
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound rising junior from Park Crossing is the top-rated prospect in Alabama for 2018. Jenkins’ recruitment has picked up steam over the the last few months, and he’s currently fielding offers from powerhouses Florida, Georgia and, of course, Auburn.
The Tigers, led by former offensive line coach J.B. Grimes, began recruiting Jenkins last year, and his relationship with the program has since grown.
“I can see myself playing there, but I can see myself playing at a lot of schools,” Jenkins said when asked about his interest in Auburn. “I can see myself playing at Auburn, though, and starting as a freshman.”
Jenkins was in Athens over the weekend for an unofficial visit to Georgia, where he was joined by teammate Malik Cunningham, a three-star quarterback. He last visited Auburn this past October.
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