December 11, 2007

Maddux: ''Gym rat'' Jenkins a perfect fit for VU

If the numbers prove to be correct a year from now, last night Vanderbilt head basketball coach Kevin Stallings opened -- and closed -- his 2009 recruiting class with a bang.

That's 2009. And yes, the current year is 2007.

With just one scholarship to currently offer, Stallings offered, and secured, one of the top two guards in the nation. John Jeknins, a 6-4 jumping jack out of Gallatin's Station Camp High School, gave his verbal commitment to the Commodore program yesterday, ending his recruitment almost before it got started.

That, however, is not to say Jenkins hadn't caught the eye of collegiate coaches all across the country. Despite the fact that Jenkins suffered a season-ending knee injury as a sophomore, and is just six games into his junior year, Jenkins was already offered scholarships by Alabama, Villanova and Mississippi State. And for good reason. Jenkins is that good.

"John competes extremely hard and is a gym rat," said former Commodore guard Drew Maddux, who is now the head coach at Nashville's Christ Presbyterian Academy. "John loves to work on his game and improve his skills," he continued. "He will compete for major playing time early in his career."

Maddux should certainly know what he's talking about, as he coached over 120 high school games this past summer. Maddux, who is currently bringing up his own 2009 superstar in Zeke Mason, has long considered Jenkins the top player in the state in his class.

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