ATHENS - The Georgia football team got another big recruiting win on Monday night.
Jordan Jenkins, considered by many analysts to be the best senior prospect in the state of Georgia, committed to the Bulldogs. The Harris County High School defensive end will be a candidate to play right away.
Alabama had been considered the leader for some time. But Georgia made a late charge, and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham made a visit over the weekend.
Jenkins said Georgia and Alabama were "neck and neck" throughout this year, but he chose the Bulldogs last week.
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"I didn't feel I could play for Georgia at first," Jenkins said on Fox Sports South, where he announced his decision. "And then something about Georgia just drew me out. And I just love the chance to play for Georgia on the upswing."
Jenkins is ranked 37th overall by 247sports.com, which rates him a four-star prospect. Rivals.com ranks Jenkins 65th overall and also has a five-star prospect. Scout.com rates Jenkins a five-star prospect.
Jenkins has played defensive end at Harris County. But he could play end or outside linebacker in Georgia's 3-4 scheme.
"I never thought I was going to Georgia," Jenkins said on the show. "It's a better fit for me and my family together. ... I wanted to go to a place where I felt comfortable, and where I could go to the coach and confide in him."
Georgia's two top-rated commitments are from out-of-state: Tailback Keith Marshall from Raleigh, N.C., and offensive tackle John Theus from Jacksonville, Fla.