It looks like former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins will get a second chance to make something of his college football career.
According to Division II football writer and scout Josh Buchanan and Shane Hallam of draftcountdown.com, Jenkins is transferring to North Alabama to play for coach Terry Bowden and hopefully finish his career on a high note.
Jenkins was dismissed from Florida late last month after an arrest for marijuana possession. It was his second drug-related arrest and third arrest in the past two years.
Prior to this news, which has yet to be confirmed by North Alabama, reports had surfaced that Jenkins had been looking for an agent to help raise his stock for the NFL's supplemental draft, which is on hold because of the league's lockout.
However, spending a year at a Division II might be the best route for Jenkins should he want to pursue a professional football career. It will give him a chance to not only shine on the field, but also prove that he's changed off it. Bowden should be able to keep scouts aware of Jenkins' progress, but Jenkins will have to show that he's matured off the field. If he can stay out of trouble and prove that his days with the po-po are behind him, he'll go into next year's April draft a more appealing candidate and less of a risk.