Three-star defensive tackle Nelson Jenkins flipped his commitment from Kansas to LSU on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers now have seven total commits in the 2018 recruiting class while the Jayhawks are left with six of their own.
About two weeks ago, David Beaty’s Jayhawks went on a run, picking up a string of commitments in a short amount of time.
One of them was 3-star defensive tackle Nelson Jenkins. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect is from Plaquemine, Louisiana and was one of six Pelican State natives to commit to Kansas. However, on Thursday, he had a change of heart.
After receiving a scholarship offer from Ed Orgeron’s Tigers, Jenkins flipped his commitment from Kansas to LSU. He released a statement regarding his decision to switch his verbal pledge over from the Jayhawks to the Tigers.
“I’d like to thank Coach Orgeron for offering me a scholarship at LSU. I am officially committed to become a Tiger!”
Now that Jenkins has jumped ship from Kansas’ class, the Jayhawks are left with six total commits in the cycle and are sitting at No. 12 in the 2018 recruiting class rankings.
As for LSU, it now has seven commits of its own. The Tigers have the No. 5-ranked class in the cycle.
The addition of Jenkins, who attends Plaquemine Senior High School, comes on the heels of a bit of controversy between LSU and the New Orleans community. After the Tigers demoted Jabbar Juluke, who’s well respected in the region, following National Signing Day, some of the high school head coaches in New Orleans convened to discuss a potential boycott from LSU, which would have prevented Orgeron’s staff from recruiting their players.
However, the meeting concluded, and it was determined a boycott would have done more harm to the recruits than it would have done to the LSU program.
Tommie Robinson, another well-regarded figure within the area, has since joined Orgeron’s staff. And it appears the healing process is already underway.