Piscataway Star Down to 3

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For the past two seasons, Piscataway High School (NJ) has captured the North 2, Group 4 State Championship. Cornerback Malcolm Jenkins was a major part of the team’s success last season as a junior after contributing primarily on special teams during his sophomore year.

Last season, Jenkins tallied 26 solo tackles, 8 interceptions, and 4 pass break-ups.

“I played a lot on special teams my sophomore year,” Jenkins said. “Then I got to play in the Thanksgiving game and I got my first interception during that game. I was a full-time starter last year. I played cornerback and I played wide receiver.”

Jenkins hopes this season will mark the 3rd straight title for Piscataway. He is confident his team will 3-peat.

“Definitely,” Jenkins said when asked if he thinks Piscataway can get a 3rd straight state title. “We have most of the team back from last year. We’re going for 3 in a row.”

Over the off-season, Jenkins says he has improved his technique and speed. Jenkins shows good size at 6-0, 185-pounds, and has gotten his 40 time down in the 4.4s.

“Technically I’ve gotten better and I’ve improved my speed,” Jenkins said. “I’m down to a 4.4 now, but it’s more than that. I feel faster on the field. The guys I used to chase I’m staying with now.”

As a cornerback, Jenkins believes his strongest assets are his bump-and-run coverage ability and his ability to play physical when necessary.

“Man coverage,” Jenkins said when asked what his strengths as a cornerback are. “I’m good at bump-and-run coverage. I’m a good cover corner, but if I have to come up to make a play I’m going to come up.”

On the recruiting front, Jenkins has narrowed his list to 3 schools – in alphabetical order, they are Ohio State, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech. He hopes to have his decision by the beginning of his senior season.

“I’ve narrowed my list to 3 schools,” Jenkins said. “They are Virginia Tech, Ohio State, and Rutgers. I also had an offer from Syracuse and an offer from Indiana, but I’m not considering them. I want to make my decision before the season. If I can’t, I’ll take some official visits to help me decide. My goal is to make my decision before the season starts.”

Jenkins says all 3 programs offer positives…he just needs to find out which one offers the most positives.

“I went to Ohio State’s camp, I took an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech, and I have been to Rutgers a lot with them being the hometown