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December 15, 2013
Juan Jenkins mulled things over for about a week before making a decision.
Seven days ago the three-star safety from Gainesville, Fla., returned home Purdue after an official visit. Now the Boilermakers count him as a commitment. Head coach Darrell Hazell checked in with Jenkins on Sunday night and secured a pledge before the conversation ended.
"Coach Hazell had called me and asked me about my home visit," Jenkins said. "Coach (Jon) Heacock had come over. I told him I had love for Purdue and he asked when I was gonna commit. I said, 'Now.'"
Purdue won out over Georgia Tech, Indiana, UCF and Utah. Other scholarship offers on the table included Illinois, Marshall, Minnesota, South Alabama, Troy, UAB, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan, among others.
Visiting West Lafayette two weeks ago helped Jenkins differentiate the Boilermakers from the other contenders.
Cornerback Frankie Williams, linebacker Dezwan Polk-Campbell and cornerback Da'Wan Hunte helped show Jenkins around. Williams and Hunte are both Florida natives.
"It's just the whole organization," Jenkins said. "The coaching staff. It felt like they've got something good going on in their program and are really recruiting some players. They're all part of a big family. They have fun with each other, work hard and compete. And the engineering program caught my eye too."
Jenkins is commitment No. 15 for Purdue in the Class of 2014 and the second safety, joining Chicagoland athlete Simmie Cobbs.
He is also the fifth commitment this month.
"Right now I might take some more visits," Jenkins said. "I might take Utah ... but as of right now I'm committed to Purdue."
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