Georgia’s biggest commitment, literally and figuratively, may have come three days after national signing day.
John Jenkins, a junior college standout who could start at nose tackle right away for Georgia, signed on Saturday.
Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said the 6-foot-4, 340-pound Jenkins would allow DeAngelo Tyson — who started every game at nose last year — to move to defensive end.
“It allows us to play with bigger bodies,” Grantham said. “Because size does matter, and I think he’ll help fill a need for us, and I’m looking to having him.”
Grantham said Jenkins could play on the other side of the ball. That’s partly why they told Jenkins he could wear No. 6.
“There might be a play or two for him,” he said with a grin. “If you look back there have been some plays for big guys in the backfield.”
The addition of Jenkins could also cause Justin Anderson to move back to offense. Grantham said such a move hasn’t been determined yet.
Meanwhile, Grantham now has to go about hiring a new assistant coach after inside linebackers coach Warren Belin left for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The official job posting on the UGA web site lists an opening for a “defensive end coach.” But Grantham and athletic director Greg McGarity each shrugged that off.
“I wouldn’t put any stock in that,” Grantham said. “We’re going to hire the best person for Georgia.”