The Latest: It’s still early in the recruiting process for 2019 defensive lineman Jayden Jernigan and with new offers rolling in on a near weekly basis, he’s been doing his best to take visits and see schools up close. One of his recent trips brought him to Stillwater, Okla. for an up close and personal view of the Oklahoma State program. Rivals.com caught up with Jernigan at the recent Dallas stop of the Rivals 3-Stripe Camp Series presented by adidas to chat about the trip and get his thoughts on the Cowboys.
Strongside defensive end
In His Words: “Yesterday we went up there as a team for a visit and I got a chance to sit down with the defensive line coach and talk a little bit. We went to his office, looked at a little bit of highlights and he was trying to see how I would play a role in his scheme and then he offered me right there on the spot. That’s a big offer for me, I’ve been getting a lot of big offers lately but that’s one I was excited to get.”
Thoughts on campus: “It was really nice. I went there on a visit about four years ago with my sister when she was getting recruited for basketball and things have really changed. They’ve renovated a lot of stuff over there and they’re going to keep doing it for years to come so if they keep on renovating, it’s going to be nice. I know I’m going up for a game for sure with my family. I think I will go up to a camp and watch too.”
On his fit in the Cowboys scheme: “They said I could play both 3-technique and 1-technique. They don’t have a lot of nose guard schemes but he said some stunts and plays I will play at nose guard. He likes their d-tackles to move a lot, that’s how their defense plays. I know they had a defensive tackle last year that went to the NFL draft. He’s really good and he moves a lot.”
Rivals Reaction: Jernigan comes from a powerhouse program so the Pokes are going to have a battle on their hand when it comes to his recruitment. However, the early offer and already having him on campus is a great place to start. The next step will be getting him back for a camp and/or a game, which is something to monitor going forward.