Local four-star open to staying home, talks latest visit to Maryland

Friendship (DC) wrapped up their first scrimmage of the fall when they took on Good Counsel on Monday as fringe four-star prospect Bryce Jenkins will go both ways this fall. The 6-foot-4, 307-pound junior has transitioned into a big piece along the offensive line, but it’s the defensive side of the ball where he’s made a name for himself alongside South Carolina verbal Dylan Stewart and Penn State verbal Deandre Cook.

Jenkins’s experience on offense has helped speed up his development on the defensive side of the ball. “It helps me a little bit because I know they’ll do this, so I know that I’ve got to do something else,” Jenkins told IBG.

Jenkins isn’t a hidden gem anymore after dominating the camp circuit, including the one-on-one portion of th Under Armour Camp in Baltimore. South Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers, Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Miami (FL) and Boston College are among the 20-plus schools to extend offers thus far.  Jenkins initially intended to visit LSU at the end of July, but after issues with his itinerary, the local lineman found himself back in College Park.

“It was fun up there, we did a lot of stuff. We took pictures, coach [Mike] Locksley was with us for a lot of the activities and me and him got to sit down for a bit.” What’s been the biggest pitch thus far?

“He was talking about why people in the DMV area don’t stay home and go far. We can just do what we want to do here at Maryland.”

Jenkins made his way to College Park last year and watched Maryland go toe-to-toe with Ohio State. “They had them, man,” Jenkins added. He also made his way to campus back in early March alongside Stewart and Cook.

Maryland may have earned the respect of Jenkins’s committed teammates, Stewart and Cook, through their recruitments but the lack of interest in staying home prevented the Terps from truly gaining traction. Early on, Jenkins isn’t shutting down the idea of staying closer to home.

“I’m open to staying home. I don’t have a problem with it.”

He talks about what he noticed from the Terps staff during his latest visit, where he got a chance to connect with both area and position recruiter Brian Williams.

“They don’t talk to you about football. they focus on making you a better person after football, so it’s a lot of life stuff. We’ve got a pretty good bond, talking here and there every day.”

Jenkins is looking to visit LSU, Penn State and Virginia Tech this fall, though no dates have been set yet.

Jenkins is rated a high three-star prospect by On3, sitting as an 89 and the third-best player in DC. It’s only a matter of time until the Friendship lineman is elevated to consensus four-star status as both Rivals and ESPN rate Jenkins a four-star and among the top two prospects in DC.

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