Plaquemine High defensive lineman Nelson Jenkins had known for two days that he was invited to LSU's junior day this weekend. Jenkins wasn't expecting what happened on Thursday afternoon.
But Jenkins gladly committed to LSU when head coach Ed Orgeron extended a scholarship offer by phone.
"I always follow LSU and I always wanted to play there," Jenkins said. "If you see my room at home it's all LSU, all purple and gold. This is a dream coming true for me. I can't wait."
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Jenkins is among Louisiana's top prospects for 2018. He earned All-District 6-4A and honorable mention Class 4A all-state honors while helping Plaquemine advance to the Class 4A quarterfinals.
Jenkins follows in the footsteps of PHS safety Todd Harris, who signed with the Tigers this month. He also grew up following behind former Green Devil and LSU lineman Davon Godchaux, who played the last three years for LSU and declared for the NFL draft after the season.
In a tweet announcing his commitment to LSU, Jenkins attached photos of Godchaux playing for the Tigers. The player Jenkins grew up idolizing was former East Ascension and LSU lineman Glenn Dorsey.
"I loved watching him play," Jenkins said of Dorsey. "And I've always followed Godchaux. As I was growing up I had people tell me they thought I would be a good player and they hoped I would stay close to home. And I am."