GA DE Jordan Jenkins to visit Michigan

Submitted by UM_lawful on May 19th, 2011 at 6:40 PM

According to this ESPN article (free), GA DE Jordan Jenkins is going to visit Michigan this summer.


Jenkins has offers from Michigan, ND, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, FSU, LSU, UGA, Miami (FL), USC, and several others.


Says he is open, has a 3.7 gpa per the article.



May 19th, 2011 at 6:44 PM ^

"He carries a 3.7 GPA and has scored a 20 ACT."

Ummm, correct me if I'm wrong here... but isn't that a drastic difference?  I would have thought that an A- average in HS would lead to a higher ACT score.


May 19th, 2011 at 8:22 PM ^

I had a 2.3 GPA and I think a 33 on the ACT (I had a 28 in 8th grade.)  I had admissions from both schools (only Oakland and UM)  I applied to call me and ask me to to explain the discrepancy.  It happens.

On the flip side, I like a girl for about three years straight, and she maintained a 3.8-3.9 average in your standard schedule.  I appreciated how dilligent she was and appreciate nerdiness.  Then we got to talking about standardized tests and she scored a whopping 22 on the ACT on her THIRD try after taking a prep class.

I lost interest.

She just graduated from MSU in "product packaging" (?) and is moving to Columbus to start her career.

I think my heart made the right decision.


May 19th, 2011 at 9:14 PM ^

... Actually MSU has the best school in the country for that field -- at least they used to.  It also is a massively important field in retail.  Think about the sizes and shapes of boxes from both an operational perspective (packing, shipping, storing) as well as the marketing (Displaying, easy to open, reduced shrinkage). 

I know, lots of jokes about it as a career choice, but we have quite a few MSU grads in this space at my company and their contribution is meaningful. 


May 19th, 2011 at 9:16 PM ^

I can guarantee you that Woodward is not a push over school.

it's a private school charging 20k+ a year tuition. with over 1200 kids in the high school.


"Our Academics

A typical graduating class sends 100% of its members to 100 different colleges and universities, devotes 7,000 hours to community service projects, raises $20,000 for charity and earns upwards of $9 million in scholarship awards."


plus if you knew you were getting recruited for big-time football, would you really prep that much for a great score?

b/c let's be honest, standardized testing (especially SAT/ACT) can be trained.

Johnny Blood

May 20th, 2011 at 10:33 AM ^

I live in Georgia (Fayette County).  We have very good schools that would be competitive with just about any county in the country (I have lived in CT, MA, PA, NY, MI, AZ, and TX before GA so I have a lot of experience in this regard).

But, in general, you are right that GA does place a higher emphasis on athletics versus academics.


May 19th, 2011 at 7:34 PM ^

GPA says a lot more about work ethic than it does about brains.  Sure, if you're really smart you won't need to work as hard, but especially in high school, most people who want to try really hard can get As or mostly As. Similarly, a person who is very bright but doesn't care to try could very easily get bad grades despite their aptitude.

Standardized tests are different.  With the exception of someone who actually studies like crazy for the ACT or someone who goes into it and truly doesn't try, the ACT/SAT do a much better job of determining how smart a student is.  For college, both aptitude and work ethic are necessary, which is why they look at both.  But it's not rare for a student to have a lot of one and not a lot of the other.

D.C. Dave

May 19th, 2011 at 7:32 PM ^

... grade inflation is common in some high schools. That's why we have standardized tests. On the other hand, he could be a smart kid who doesn't do so well on standardized tests. It happens. He probably should be 25 or above on the ACT with the GPA he has, but it's hard to pinpoint unless he took the ACT again. But he doesn't need to, he's eligible. And he's big.


May 19th, 2011 at 7:42 PM ^

It could also be that he just didn't study for the test.  The only thing I found difficult about the ACT/SAT was the time limit.  If you haven't practiced, you can easily find yourself running out of time (and thus end up with a disappointing score).  If his stated GPA is correct, he only needed a 17 anyway, so he probably doesn't care.

Blue in Yarmouth

May 20th, 2011 at 10:21 AM ^

Not being an American I am not exactly sure how it works there, but here we have more than one opportunity to write the standardized test. What I (and many of those I went to school with) did was went into the standardized test without studying/practicing because we basically treated the first sitting as a practice. Most of us did well enough in the initial siting to get into university (though all of us could have done much better given even a little effort) so we simply left it at that. None of us could be bothered to try and get a better score because that would have meant wasting time studying while we could be doing more improtant things know...partying.

But seriously, it could be that he tried this the first time to simply see how he would do, knowing he could sit it again (if you can actually do that in the USA).


May 20th, 2011 at 8:14 AM ^

While I have seen other strange reported GPA's having never actually seen such a system, if you are familiar please explain a different grading system and how it works.


May 19th, 2011 at 6:52 PM ^

GPA and ACT score don't necessarily correlate. It is easy to boost your GPA by taking easy elective classes like an easy health class or music class. I don't think we should be worried about GPA and ACT. Both would have him qualified by the NCAA.

We should be concerned with that offer list. This kid must be good with offers from all of those schools.


May 19th, 2011 at 7:01 PM ^

I am concerned about his offer list.  He doesn't report an offer from Michigan State, and they recruit nationally now.  I'm sick of taking MSUs leftovers - if he's not good enough for Dantonio, he's not good enough for me.



May 19th, 2011 at 7:09 PM ^

a low score is because someone is poor, I taught poor kids and no matter how smart they were they did horribly on tests.  The valedictorians would get like a 23....


May 19th, 2011 at 7:25 PM ^

I completely disagree with this statement.  


We are comparing two different things.  A G.P.A., can be earned through hard work, extra credit, and by taking easier classes.  A standardized test score depends on several factors; ability in Math, reading, writing, and science and overall intelligence.  I work as a college and career advisor in a high school.  I have seen students with very similar results as this recruit. Additionally, I have seen students score in the 30s on reading and writing and score around a 15 in math, thus killing their composite.  Don't judge a book by its cover.


Thanks for making me log in for the first time in months!

Zone Left

May 19th, 2011 at 7:29 PM ^

I think he's really saying that the school quality in a place like Detroit is so bad that a student with a 4.0 might not have the knowledge base to succeed on the SAT/ACT. These tests really measure what you've already learned as opposed to your ability to learn more. A well-drilled student with a good knowledge base will almost certainly score higher than someone without exposure to a significant portion of the material.


May 19th, 2011 at 10:36 PM ^

I was one of those who killed my results with a horrible math number.  Never opened a book in high school and had a less than an impressive GPA.  Somehow I got myself into Michigan and ended up graduating with honors.  On average, GPAs and test scores might be good indicators but there are exceptions. 


May 19th, 2011 at 7:58 PM ^

Someone posted the DAMEFAN1 video in another thread, the video he made before the 2009 ND-UM game.  Talk about smug, it made me remember why I hate you guys so much. 

On a nicer note, I looked at ND's schedule this year, and you guys will win a lot of games because you have another very soft schedule.