John Jenkins Announcement: What It Means to Georgia Football

John SmithCorrespondent IIFebruary 5, 2011

John Jenkins, a 4-star defensive tackle, has announced his decision to attend the University of Georgia. He picked the Bulldogs over Auburn, Miami, Florida and Oklahoma State.

Jenkins is the final piece the Bulldogs' "Dream Team" and fills a great void in this class.

This signing day and this class feel different than those in the past. There seems to be a sense of excitement that hasn't been seen in a while.

Mark Richt said in his signing day press conference that "fans were bored on signing day."

That isn't the case this year, and it isn't even close. I am a Georgia student, and when Isaiah Crowell put on that Bulldog hat on ESPNU the student center and restaurants all across Athens went crazy.

Georgia has picked up top commits from running back, tight end, outside linebacker and defensive back; the one thing that was missing was a defensive tackle.

At 6'4'', 340 pounds, Jenkins should be able to come in and make an immediate impact for the Georgia Bulldogs.

One of the most important pieces in a 3-4 defensive scheme is the nose tackle. He has to be a physical, tough defender that has to occupy two gaps. The nose tackle must require a double-team, and that is what Jenkins brings to the table.

Jenkins might not start, but he will definitely be in the rotation. The key to being successful on the defensive side of the ball isn't necessarily talent, but talented depth. The defense is only as good as the second string.

Jenkins joins other top recruits in this recruiting class; running back Isaiah Crowell, defensive end/outside linebacker Ray Drew, tight end Jay Rome, athlete Malcolm Mitchell, along with a host of others.

Richt said at his signing day press conference that he was "revived" and "rejuvenated." This was before the announcement by Jenkins.

Richt also mentioned their goal of "recruiting across the board," and that is what they have done in this 2011 class. 

He is the 26th member to sign in this class, and this has the potential to be the greatest class Mark Richt has ever signed.

The Bulldogs have the players in place, the schedule in the right order, now it will come down to execution in the fall.

Can this team come together and win on a consistent basis? That is the only question that doesn't have an answer.

The pieces are in place, the cards have been dealt, it is now time for this team to show us what they can do. Hopefully, it's something special and something that hasn't been seen in Athens in about 31 years.

So, Georgia Bulldogs fans, what does this announcement by John Jenkins mean to you and to this football program?


2011 Schedule

Sept. 3: Boise State

Sept. 10: South Carolina

Sept. 17: Coastal Carolina

Sept. 24: at Ole Miss

Oct. 1: Mississippi State

Oct. 8: at Tennessee

Oct. 15: at Vanderbilt

Oct. 29: Florida

Nov. 5: New Mexico State

Nov. 12: Auburn

Nov. 19: Kentucky

Nov. 26: at Georgia Tech

Dec. 3: SEC Championship, Atlanta

Jan. 9, 2012: BCS National Championship, New Orleans


For a ranking of all 120 recruiting classes after Signing Day, click here