Four-star running back Daniel Jenkins (5-9, 171, 4.5) from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde is the poster for why going to camps during the spring is beneficial.
Though known to those in Southern California and more directly the Inland Empire, but because of his stellar camp performances the talented running back is being recruited coast-to-coast.
Jenkins burst onto the national scene with a breakout camp performance at the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles this past April. Word on Jenkins spread like a wild fire after he was named running back MVP at the NIKE Camp.
Jenkins followed up that performance another stellar performance at UCLA's camp on Sunday.
"I just got back from UCLA," Jenkins said. "It was their three-day camp, but I was just there for a day. I killed it up."
" UCLA is sounding like they might offer me a scholarship now," Jenkins said. "They said it's a strong possibility."
"They said they're going to wait until the whole camp is over with, and then they'll send me an e-mail and let me know what the word is. It's sounding really nice, though," Jenkins said. "Nobody stands out to me yet. But if I get that knock out offer, then I'll probably get it over with."
Jenkins has official offers from Arizona, Washington State, New Mexico and Nevada. Besides UCLA, schools that are very interested in Jenkins are Colorado, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Syracuse and Boise State.
In an earlier interview with Palo Verde head coach Pete Duffy, explained why his talented running back is drawing so much attention.
"The kid is a beast," Duffy said. "He only weighs 170 pounds but squats over 500 pounds and can power clean 300 pounds. The amazing thing about Daniel is he's only 15 years old and won't turn 16 until June. He really could be a sophomore right now so when he gets to college and everyone has already peaked, he's still going to be able to get bigger, faster and stronger."
"He has a great work ethic as well and is very bright in the classroom. He's just a great kid and a no brainer for anyone who wants a tough, hard running kid who is only going to get faster and stronger down the line."
Jenkins is two time all-league performer. As a junior, Jenkins rushed for 1,014 yards and 15 touchdowns on only 111 carries. Also a threat out of the backfield catching the ball, Jenkins had 16 receptions for 163 yards and four receiving touchdowns.