Janoris Jenkins Staying at Florida; How This Helps for the Future

Mikey HendersonContributor IJanuary 10, 2011

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Janoris Jenkins #1 of the Florida Gators fights to bring down Tauren Poole #28 of the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Florida won 31-17.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Janoris Jenkins, contrary to popular belief, is staying at Florida for one more season.

Though I'm shocked, I'm thrilled.

Yes, this doesn't give a young player a chance to play an extra year and be ready for 2012, but in a way, it's better. Now, a young player can learn by watching Jenkins one more season.

And there is certainly a hell of a lot to watch.

One of the best bump-and-run coverage backs in the game, Jenkins relies on lightning quick speed and dead on instincts.

But if you're recruited by Florida, you've got those things anyway.

It's the little things he brings to the game that the youngsters can pick up.

The effort, never giving up on a play and the ability to make a play on defense when it appears to be a safe play for the offense are among those.

Now, on to a different tone: How the hell did Will Muschamp pull this off?

We know he's an awesome recruiter, but now, he's got to be considered one of the best ever. I mean, how do you convince a guy who is being talked about as a Top 10 pick to come back? If there were any concerns that Muschamp can't recruit well at all by anyone, they're gone now.

"I spent some time with my family and coach [Will] Muschamp and came to the conclusion it was in my best interest to return to school," Jenkins said in a statement. "Coach Muschamp was very supportive throughout the whole process, regardless of my decision, but he wanted to make sure I had all of the facts. I'm looking forward to working towards my degree, completing my rehab and getting back on the field with my teammates."

Obviously, that time was not wasted by Muschamp.

"It would have been real easy for Janoris to make an emotional choice and leave early," Muschamp said. "But with our contacts in the NFL, we were able to assist him in understanding his draft status, and he made an educated decision that will be beneficial to him in the long term."


Bottle and sell it, man!!!

You'll make more money than you would if you won the next five BCS Championships!!!