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Iowa Football Recruiting: 3-Star Offensive Lineman Jeff Jenkins Signs With Hawkeyes

Jenkins is one of three offensive linemen in the 2018 class


Jeff Jenkins

Pos: OL

Hometown: Crystal Lake, Illinois

Ht: 6’4”

Wt: 272

Stars: 3

Other Offers: Purdue Boilermakers, Kansas Jayhawks, MAC flotsam

Commitment Post: Hawkeyes Land Jeff Jenkins

Welcome, Jeff Jenkins!

As you’ll see below, Jenkins often played tackle in a run heavy offense. To utilize his athleticism, they regularly sprung him on the edge via pulls to serve as the lead blocker. He was able to grade the road for future Hawkeye teammate, Samson Evans. Please keep the helpless defensive backs in your thoughts and prayers.

He is joined by Jack Plumb and Cody Ince as offensive lineman in the class. While the others project as tackles, per recruiting services, Jenkins is likely to develop as a guard for the Hawkeyes. Though his listed weight of 270 does not require the typical amount of Doylization, he’s likely to spend the year redshirting. With Keegan Render, Ross Reynolds, and the Paulsens returning, his use next year would mean something apocalyptic occurred to the depth chart.

Jenkins was the first commitment of three from Illinois. As mentioned above, he is joined in this class with high school teammate Samson Evans. His verbal commitment in January of 2017 was the earliest of any player who is signing with the Hawkeyes this year.

Check out where the rest of Iowa’s recruits came from.

Here’s a look at the full list of commitments in the class of 2018.

Iowa Football Class of 2018 Commitments

Name Pos Hometown Ht Wt Stars Commitment Date Signing Period
Name Pos Hometown Ht Wt Stars Commitment Date Signing Period
Jeff Jenkins OL Crystal Lake, IL 6'4" 272 3 1/22/2017 Early
Dillon Doyle LB Iowa City, IA 6'3" 215 3 3/20/2017 Early
Henry Geil RB Green Bay, WI 6'0" 211 3 4/23/2017 Early
Tyrone Tracy Jr. ATH Indianapolis, IN 6'0" 187 3 4/29/2017 Early
Tyler Linderbaum DT Solon, IA 6'2" 255 3 5/1/2017 Early
Samson Evans ATH Crystal Lake, IL 6'1" 190 2 5/21/2017 Early
Terry Roberts DB Erie, PA 5'10" 169 3 6/5/2017 Early
Cody Ince OL Balsam Lake, WI 6'5" 260 3 6/19/2017 Early
Jack Plumb TE Green Bay, WI 6'8" 245 3 6/26/2017 Early
Noah Shannon DT Oswego, IL 6'2" 285 3 7/4/2017 Early
DJ Johnson DB Indianapolis, IN 6'0" 170 3 8/22/2017 Late*
Julius Brents DB Indianapolis, IN 6'2" 180 4 9/1/2017 Late*
John Waggoner DE West Des Moines, IA 6'5" 245 4 12/5/2017 Early
Calvin Lockett WR Largo, FL 6'2" 170 3 12/13/2017 Early
Spencer Petras QB Kentfield, CA 6'5" 225 4 12/15/2017 Early
Dallas Craddieth DB Florrisant, MO 6'1" 180 4 12/20/2017 Early
Seth Benson LB Sioux Falls, SD 6'1" 210 2 12/21/2017 Early
Nico Ragaini WR West Haven, CT 6'0" 190 3 1/8/2017 NA
Logan Klemp LB Jewell, IA 6'3" 210 2 2/2/2018 Late
Kaevon Merriweather S Belleville, MI 6'2" 195 2 2/2/2018 Late
Jayden McDonald LB Suwanee, GA 6'1" 210 3 2/5/2018 Late

As a reminder, everything you need to know about the early signing period and Iowa’s class of 2018 can be found on our EARLY SIGNING PERIOD HEADQUARTERS.