Keonta Jenkins Eyes Blacksburg Trip

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Keonta Jenkins
Safety, Class of 2020
Jean Ribault High School, Jacksonville, FL
6-3, 180

There’s a good chance Ribault (FL) 2020 safety Keonta Jenkins will experience cold weather for the first time soon. Whether he plays all the time in it or not, however, remains to be seen.

Jenkins now has 19 offers, some of which are in colder climates than what he’s used to in Florida. Virginia Tech is most recent to offer and joins a list that includes Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and South Florida. While a decision likely won’t happen until the end of the year, Jenkins is already getting a good feel for a few schools in particular.

He’s also open to the prospect of playing somewhere a bit colder.

“That’ll be a big change,” Jenkins said. “I’ve never played in real bad weather, just winds. Everyone has seen hurricanes and floods, storms. I’ve never seen that. I want to play in snow. I like playing in the rain. I already know it’s going to take some getting used to. That’s like a Florida team going to Buffalo.”

The Hokies offered Jenkins on June 13, after he participated in their satellite camp at Jacksonville University. Though he’s only been to Virginia once, for an unofficial stop at Liberty, he said he’s intrigued by Virginia Tech.

“I just know the same defense they run is the same my team runs,” Jenkins said. “I’m familiar with the formations, the player type they have and need. I know some guys who go up there, and they said it’s a good place to be. Definitely guys who go to the NFL, they put guys there. They have a good education in business, so that’s good, too.”

Assistant coaches Charley Wiles and Justin Hamilton have teamed up