Recruit Spotlight: WR JaRay Jenkins, Jena High School, Class of 2018
by Jace LeJeune
The state of Louisiana has always been deep at wide receiver especially in the northern part of the state. This season, the best two receivers in North Louisiana are Parkway’s Terrace Marshall Jr. and Jena’s JaRay Jenkins. Terrace Marshall Jr. makes a lot of headlines and is ranked higher on recruiting sites, but JaRay Jenkins is right there with the talented Parkway wide receiver. At 6-2, 180, Jenkins has all the tools to be a dominant receiver at the next level. Not only is he big and physical, but he also has legit 4.5/40 speed. You cannot ask for a better combination in terms of making a dominant pass catcher. Jenkins is the real deal and he has the offers to prove it as the star Jena senior receiver has received offers from Kansas, Memphis, Mississippi State, and the majority of the in-state schools including LSU. It is the big playmaking ability of Jenkins that makes him one of the best prep receivers in the entire state. A lot of his receptions last season came over 20 yards and not only is he a big time factor in the passing game, but in the return game as well. Last season, the versatile upcoming senior had 46 catches for 815 yards and 12 touchdowns as well as 800 total return yards and an incredible four total return touchdowns (2 punt return, 2 kick return). Over his high school career, he has had over 100 catches for almost 2,000 receiving yards, 30 touchdowns, and still has another season to go. Jenkins not only plays on offense, but on defense as well. In fact, the All-State receiver has made the All-District team at three different positions. For this upcoming season, he was named to our All-North Louisiana team and is on the cover of our first annual North Louisiana edition of Louisiana Football Magazine. Louisiana Football Magazine Editor and T.V. Host Lee Brecheen surely believes that JaRay Jenkins is the real deal.
“JaRay Jenkins reminds me so much of DJ Chark (Alexandria/LSU),” Brecheen said. “He is a legit 6-2 that is pushing 6-3, can run a 4.5/40, and can really play the game. He could be a big time steal for LSU as he will grow to over 200 pounds in college.”
In speaking of LSU, the Tigers may have found their next big playmaker in Jenkins, who just so happens to be a die hard LSU fan and committed to the Tigers when he first received the offer from them. In today’s recruit spotlight, we caught up with the LSU commit as he talked about his high school career, his goals for this season, the main reason he chose the Tigers, what makes his game special, and so much more!
LAFM: What is your name, position, and school you play for and why?
JaRay Jenkins, 17, WR, Jena High School
LAFM: What is your current height and weight?
LAFM: What is your max bench press, max squat, vertical, and 40 yard time?
Max Bench Press: 300; Max Squat: 400; Vertical: 32′; 40: 4.5/40
LAFM: What are the biggest accomplishments that you had over your career at Jena?
The biggest accomplishment was getting pas the first round of the playoffs last season.
LAFM: You are committed to play for the LSU Tigers. What is it about LSU that has attracted your attention to commit to them?
LSU is just a dream school for me. The way the coaches talked to me and the way it felt like home have really attracted my attention to commit there.
LAFM: You are on our North Louisiana team and are on the cover of our North Louisiana edition of our magazine. What does it mean for you heading into your senior season to be recognized as one of the best players in the state?
I am blessed and it feels great to be one of those top guys.
LAFM: What are the biggest strengths to your game?
My hands are the biggest strengths to my game.
LAFM: What are some areas to your game that you need to improve on before going to college?
I need to work on my route running.
LAFM: Everybody knows that you are a star receiver, but you definitely help your team anyway that you can. I believe you were All-District in three different positions. What is your favorite position to play on the field?
I have to say wide receiver because that is what I just love to play the most.
LAFM: Jena had a great season going 9-3 and making it to the second round of the playoffs. What are your thoughts on last season and what does the team need to do in order to take the next step?
Last season was such a good season for us, but in order to take the next step, we need to be more focused than we were last season.
LAFM: What team or teams have you marked on the schedule and are most looking forward to playing against this season?
I am looking forward to playing all of them.
LAFM: Who is a wide receiver that you model your game after as well as watch film on and why?
I model my game after Julio Jones (Alabama/Atlanta Falcons) because he is a true competitor.
LAFM: What is the best game of your high school career so far?
I would say the best game of my career would be against Vidalia last season.
LAFM: What do you like to do when the football season is over?
I just like to play other sports when the season is over.
LAFM: What are your goals for the season?
My goal is to win the state championship this season.
LAFM: What is your message to the Jena team and the fans for this season?
Let’s ride because we are going to the Dome.
LAFM: Who are some people in your life that you need to thank for helping you be in the position that you are in today?
I want to thank my family and my coaches for putting me in the position that I am in today.
LAFM: What makes you stand out from all the other wide receivers this season?
I have great coaches that are going to make sure that I work and they push me to be a better player. I will also do whatever it takes to help my team.
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