Jordan Jenkins was born in Hamilton, Georgia on July 1, 1994. A linebacker for the Georgia Bulldogs, he was a second team All-SEC selection as a sophomore in 2013.
During his youth, Jenkins attended Harris County High School in his hometown, where he was coached by Tommy Parks. At the end of his senior year, he was named to the SuperPrep All-America and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAA All-State teams and appeared in the Under Armor All-American Game. Rated as either a four star or five star recruit by analysts, Jenkins was widely considered to be one of the top players in the state and one of the 100 best prospects in the nation. He eventually committed to playing college football at the University of Georgia.
As a freshman at Georgia, Jenkins saw significant playing time, featuring in 14 games and starting six of them. Altogether, he recorded 31 tackles, including 18 solo tackles, and five sacks. His total number of sacks for the season ranked second on the team and arguably his best performance of the season came against Missouri, where he logged four tackles and a fumble recovery. Following his successful rookie season, the Georgia Bulldogs rewarded Jenkins with their Newcomer of the Year Award. Ahead of his sophomore season, he was named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, which is awarded annually to the top linebacker in college football.
Jenkins became an integral part of the team in his sophomore year, appearing in 13 games and starting all of them. Over the course of the season, he registered 45 tackles, including 30 solo tackles, improving upon his stats from the previous year. In addition, his total of 12 tackles for a loss was the highest number recorded by any Georgia player in 2013. Against North Texas, he recorded a career-high total of six tackles, including two tackles for a loss, while against Vanderbilt he managed two sacks in a single game for the second time in his career, having previously achieved the same feat against the same opponents in 2012.
At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Jenkins was named as a second team All-SEC selection by both Phil Steele and the league's coaches.
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