Nelson Jenkins

Plaquemine High School defensive lineman Nelson Jenkins

There wasn't much to consider once Nelson Jenkins received the call from Ed Orgeron.

Despite being committed to Kansas at the time, the second Jenkins received an offer from LSU, he knew that's where he wanted to be.

For a player who grew up right across the river from campus, it was a dream come true.

Unfortunately Jenkins' luck wouldn't hold for too long. He missed the majority of his senior season at Plaquemine with a meniscus injury that required surgery. Coach Paul Distefano said Jenkins is recovering well and it should set him up with a nice sized chip on his shoulder once he gets back on the field next year.

Jenkins also received an offer from Alabama after committing to LSU, but never wavered from the Tigers.

Name: Nelson Jenkins

Position: Defensive Tackle

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 290 pounds

High School: Plaquemine

Hometown: Plaquemine, Louisiana

Committed: February 16, 2017

247Sports Position Rank: No. 45

247 Composite rating: 3 stars

At a Glance: Nelson is still trying to bounce back from a meniscus injury in Week 5 of his senior season, but coach Paul Distefano said he should be back to full health soon. Jenkins is the fifth defensive tackle LSU picked up in this class, so he will see some heavy competition early on.

What They’re Saying: “What you see is what you get. There’s nothing pretentious about Nelson. I think he’s going to go out there with a chip on his shoulder because he missed the back half of his senior season with meniscus surgery. … He’s going to go out there and work hard and be coachable.” - Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano

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