One of the state's top running backs in the class of 2009 is Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde's Daniel Jenkins. Jenkins had a strong showing at the recent SoCal NIKE Camp and has seen a nice bump in his recruitment over the last month.
Jenkins, 5-9, 170 pounds is a two time all-league performer and has been one of the areas top backs since his sophomore season. As a junior, Jenkins rushed for 1,014 yards and 15 touchdowns on only 111 carries and should really put up some numbers this coming season.
At the NIKE Camp, Jenkins earned MVP honors and drew raves from lead NIKE RB coach Brandon Hancock.
"The kid has a lot of explosiveness," Hancock said. "He's a compact runner with good body lean. He also has soft hands and displays good space awareness in addition to his clean footwork."
RV coach Pete Duffy can't say enough good things about Jenkins as well.
"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."
On the recruiting front, Jenkins is still waiting for his first offer but it sounds like it could be coming sooner rather than later.
"Right now, I'm getting strong interest from UCLA, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Syracuse, Washington State and Colorado," Jenkins said. "All those schools have invited me on unofficial visits this summer with the strong possibility of an offer coming in the Spring.
"I've also heard from Arizona and Arizona State and in the last week, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan and USC have all come by to check me out.
"I really like UCLA a lot right now. I was up there for Junior Day and my family and I were really impressed with what they have to offer, not just football wise but academically as well. I'm definitely going to camp with UCLA this summer and probably Georgia Tech as well."