It’s been nearly four years since seniors like linebacker Jordan Jenkins were on the recruiting trail and yet, as the former four-star recruit revealed this week, it’s hard not to look back and think about the road not taken.
Saturday’s game will highlight the two teams he was deciding between, Georgia and Alabama, before ultimately deciding to become a Bulldog. Bama has gone on to win a national championship and play in the first College Football Playoff during Jenkins’ time in Athens.
“For me and some of the guys on the team, we think about it sometimes,” Jenkins said to AJC’s DawgNation.com reporter Seth Emerson this week. “But at the end of the day we can’t really dwell on it because we want to focus on our game plan, and focus on being the defense we need to be.”
Perhaps it for the best that the linebacker choose Georgia as his first meeting with coach Nick Saban did not go quite as planned.
“I didn’t watch a lot of football growing up. So I didn’t know who he was,” Jenkins said Wednesday. “So I went to coach Smart [Alabama defensive coordinator], and coach Saban was sitting right there. I was like, ‘Dang, that’s kinda awkward.'”
With 36 career sacks, Jenkins can thankfully look back on the incident and laugh as his career in Georgia has made him a top defensive prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft.
Alabama and Georgia will face off at 3:30 p.m. EST in a game that will most certainly have lasting implications for both teams on the SEC championship.