Friendship four-star DL Bryce Jenkins sets commitment date

Days after trimming down to his final group of four, Friendship (DC) four-star Bryce Jenkins is ready to make his commitment official.

Jenkins, a 6-foot-4.5, 330-pound lineman, is officially down to Maryland, Rutgers, South Carolina and Tennessee with a commitment date set for July 6. Jenkins has been expected to make a July commitment as he bunkered down into decision mode following his fourth and final official in June.

Jenkins kicked off the month with an official visit to Rutgers before making the trip to South Carolina, both finalists who worked hard to break into his top two. Maryland and Tennessee have been battling at the top in his recruitment through the spring into June as Jenkins was able to visit College Park then Knoxville for his latest visits to each school.

While head coach Mike Locksley and co-DC Brian Williams led the way with Jenkins through his junior season, assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim has taken on a bigger role in his recruitment in the months since his return to the program to give Maryland a strong relationship to the Friendship target. Jenkins took multiple unofficial visits through spring ball after the four-star got a chance to get comfortable with the defensive line room. “It was good just to see everything come together for Maryland. I watched the whole defensive meeting then they split up, so I sat there with coach [Brian] Williams in position meetings and watched how he works with his guys,” Jenkins told IBG. “I feel like it gave me an idea of how I fit in and coach Williams, coach [Mike] Locksley, coach [Aazaar] Abdul-Rahim, they’re saying I fit in perfectly with what they run.”

Meanwhile, the Vols have laid out the red carpet for their defensive line target as Jenkins weighs the possibility of following the path of his dad, Rodney, who played running back for the Vulz in the mid-1990s.

Maryland could lose ample production along the defensive line following the 2024 season with both Tommy Akingbesote, Quashon Fuller and Taizse Johnson entering their final year of eligibility while Jordan Phillips, who enters his second season with the program, could pivot and turn to the 2025 NFL Draft following a breakout year. While Jenkins is open to playing along the offensive side of the ball in college, his recruitment is still centered along the defensive line.

Bryce Jenkins is rated a four-star prospect and a 91 overall by On3, checking in as the third-best prospect in D.C. and the nation’s 162nd-best prospect in the 2025 cycle.

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