Jenkins-Moore Looking for 'Champion Program'

Jenkins-Moore Looking for 'Champion Program'

MANHATTAN, Kan. - When something is working, keep doing it the old adage advises. K-State has had fair success in recruiting Pierce College and it has extended an offer to OLB Marcus Jenkins-Moore.

Kansas State has fared well by bringing in a fair share of junior college players in each class. They found Jordan Allred in Los Angeles at Pierce College in 2010. The staff has already extended offers to two Brahma players this spring. One is Marcus Jenkins-Moore, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound outside linebacker, who thrived in his first season on the West Coast.

"My offer from Kansas State came in the beginning of March," said Marcus Jenkins-Moore. "I've talked with Coach Dickey and Coach Cox. They're both real good guys. They told me they're highly interested in me. I listened and took everything in they said to me and liked what I heard.

"Kansas State is a program that did some rebuilding a couple of years ago when Bill Snyder returned. Now they're going to be playing for the BCS from here on out. I know they've had some great players like Daniel Thomas with Miami and Josh Freeman. When I saw them play this year, I really liked watching number four [Arthur Brown]. I also like hearing the band play The Wabash Cannonball.' I'm hoping to be there on April 28th and stay for the spring game."

Jenkins-Moore was named 2011 Second Team All-Conference (Pacific/American Division) in the Southern California Football Association.

"This season went pretty good," Jenkins-Moore stated. "I think I got on the right track, but next season I want to turn it up even more. I started eight games playing outside linebacker and some nickel and dime. I had one and a half sacks, three pass breakups, four tackles for loss, and 29 tackles although I think it shows more than that on my highlight film.

"Play recognition is my biggest strength. I see what the offense is trying to do and can react quickly to it. I feel like I have the ability to run anybody down regardless of how fast they are or their size. I'm a tenacious defender. I can cover the number two well in the 4-3 stack. They like to disguise me in the defense, so I'll lineup on the edge or man up."

Jenkins-Moore reports other offers from Wildcat Big 12 adversaries, Kansas and Texas Tech, and nine others. He says his main criteria in finding the right university is being somewhere he can win.

"I want to be a champion," said Jenkins-Moore. "I've never won anything and I'd love to go to a program and win a championship and get a chance to say we were the best. The program doesn't have to be winning right now. Every dog has its day or year. I want to be somewhere I can make an impact and be a leader."

Jenkins-Moore graduated form Eastern High School in Louisville, Ky. and started out at North Georgia College & State University. There he met Marquel Combs, the other Pierce College player Kansas State has offered. Both landed in California last fall and have blossomed into top Division 1 prospects.

"It's a grind," said Jenkins-Moore of life at Pierce. "It's a daily struggle, but I know putting in all of the hard work will pay off in the end. I'm grateful to be here. It's been the Lord's blessing."

Pierce finished the season at 3-7 in 2011. Jenkins-Moore wears No. 57 for the Brahmas. Since prep school doesn't count against eligibility, he will have two season in three years remaining after the 2012 season.

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