2013 recruiting target Ryan Jenkins emerging from his brother's shadow

MVP of recent Nike camp, Martin Jenkins' brother rising among wide receiver prospects

Ryan Jenkins (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

Ryan Jenkins (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

He’s no longer just Martin Jenkins’ little brother.

A frequent visitor to Clemson’s campus during the spring semester, Ryan Jenkins is, by leaps and bounds, outgrowing both the shadow of his older brother and the perception that he’s a ‘done deal’ for the Tigers’ 2013 recruiting class.

Clemson was the first (and for months the only school) to offer the 5-11, 180-pound Jenkins, who gained only modest recruiting attention after catching 25 passes for 415 yards and five touchdowns last season for Lassiter High in Marietta, GA.

Since then he’s picked up offers from Louisville, Missouri, Wake Forest and UCLA, and has emerged on the recruiting radar for Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma State, and Southern Cal, among others.

Jenkins plans to camp at Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Georgia this summer, and says he’s in no hurry to make a commitment.

Jenkins is currently rated as the nation’s No. 96 wide-out by Scout and is unranked by Rivals. But that could be changing in the wake of his performance last week at the Nike Football Training Camp at Buford, Ga., where he earned MVP honors for his performance.

Jenkins is among more than a dozen uncommitted wide receivers with Clemson offers for the 2013 recruiting cycle.

The Tigers signed just one wide receiver in 2012 – Charlotte, N.C’s Germone Hopper – and will lose just one senior after the 2012 season.

Clemson is expected to sign at least two wide receivers in its 2013 class.

The Tigers will have seven scholarship wide receivers on their roster for the 2012 season, not including redshirt freshman Stanton Seckinger, who worked primarily at tight end in the spring.

The group includes senior Jaron Brown, junior DeAndre Hopkins, sophomores Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant, Charone Peake and Adam Humphries, and Hopper, who’ll be a first-year freshman.

Also competing for spots in the playing rotation will be four walk-ons: junior Julian Patton and sophomores Matt Porter, Wes Forbush and Andrew Maass.

Clemson currently has offers out to six wide receivers ranked among the top 30 nationally by either Rivals or Scout.

Marquez North of Mallard Creek High in Charlotte, N.C. is ranked No. 3 by Rivals and No. 12 by Scout. The U.S. Army All-American has Clemson in a lead group that also includes North Carolina, Florida and Georgia. He averaged nearly 28 yards per reception as a junior for one of North Carolina’s premier high school programs.

The Clemson coaching staff recently offered Laquon Treadwell of Crete, IL, who is widely considered to be his state’s top player. He’s ranked No. 5 among wide receivers by Rivals and No. 10 by Scout. He has offers from most major programs in the country, including Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.

One of South Carolina’s top wide receivers is Mike Williams, from Lake Marion High in Santee, S.C. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 18 wide receiver by Scout and No. 33 by Rivals. In addition to offers from Clemson and South Carolina, Williams’ choices include Georgia, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

Also ranked in the top 30 nationally by Rivals are No. 17 Jordan Cunningham of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; No. 19 Alvin Bailey of Seffner, Fla.; and No. 28 Uriah LeMay of Matthews, NC.

Clemson’s offer list also includes Marqui Hawkins of Columbus, Ga., Isaiah Jones of Milton, Fla., Jamual Vickers of Tallahassee, Fla., Reggie Davis of Tallahassee, Fla., Travis Johnson of Tampa, Fla., Richard Benjamin of Tampa, Fla., Juwaan Williams of Tucker, Ga., Johnathan Howard of Wilcox County, Ga., Jalen McDaniel of Fayetteville, N.C., Demarcus Robinson of Fort Valley, Ga., and Drake Grisham of Birmingham, Ala.

Six players with early Clemson offers have already committed elsewhere, including four from the state of Texas: Jake Oliver of Dallas, to Texas; Jacorey Warrick of Houston, to Texas; Dannon Cavil of San Antonio, to Mississippi; and Laquvionte Gonzalez of Cedar Hill, to Texas A&M.

Also, Ahmad Fullwood of Jacksonville, Fla., recently committed to Florida, and Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., committed to Georgia.

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