Going into the season it was quite apparent that four-star running back Daniel Jenkins (5-10, 180, 4.5) from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde was one of the best all-purpose running backs in the Golden State, if not the best. In two games thus far, he is living up to that reputation.
In his first game, Jenkins rushed for 190 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns in a victory over Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont. In his second game, Jenkins was a marked man as Yucaipa, Calif., game planned to stop the talented running. Even though they had eight in the box, Jenkins still found a way to score touchdowns and be a difference maker in victory.
As a junior, Jenkins rushed for 1,014 yards on 111 carries and scored 15 rushing touchdowns. He had over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns on the year.
Jenkins' performance saw him earn all-league honor as both a running back and cornerback. He was also selected second-team all-CIF.
For his senior season, Jenkins will predominantly play running back, but Rancho Verde will insert him at corner when they are in tough situations.
On the recruiting trail, Arizona, Washington State, New Mexico and Nevada have offered. Washington and Syracuse could be close to offering. UCLA is also looking long and hard at Jenkins.
Jenkins has set up three official visits and may have fourth one this coming weekend. If possible, Jenkins may visit Syracuse this coming weekend on an official. If not, he may end up going to the UCLA/Arizona game. He will visit Nevada on October 17th and on October 24th he will visit to Arizona. In early November, Jenkins plans to visit Washington State.
What is Jenkins looking forward in a college?
"Having a good relationship between me and my running backs coach will be vital," Jenkins said. "Then the chance for early playing time will also be a consideration. I know wherever I end up going I'm going to have to compete."
Jenkins was named the MVP running back at the NIKE camp held in Los Angeles last spring.
Jenkins made the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 for the class of 2009 landing as the Golden State's No. 31 prospect at any position.