Dallas Lincoln was one of the most pleasant surprises in the DFW area in 2012. Despite a limited number of players and coaches for that matter, the Tigers won district 12-4A with a perfect 7-0 record and finished the season 10-2.
The Tigers are loaded for the 2014 class with brothers Erick Neal and Derrick Neal, TCU commit Emmanuel Porter and Aaron Jenkins headlining the impressive class.
Jenkins was a force on both sides of the ball; on defense he totaled 43 tackles, 18 TFL, 4 sacks while producing 27 pancake blocks on offense.
“We did real good, we were short of people and some of us had to go both ways and play iron man football,” he said. “Plus, we only had four coaches so with the amount of people we had we did real good.”
Jenkins, who at 6-foot-2, 280-pounds, is one of those “iron man” players, feels he did well in his first season for the Tigers after moving from Duncanville.
“I think I did pretty good for my first time playing defense in high school,” he said. “On the offensive line I think I did pretty good. I like the offensive line because I’ve played it longer but I know I’ll probably have to play the defensive line when I get to college.”
Not surprisingly, college programs are already intrigued by Jenkins’ ability. He already has two offers in the fold and once coaches see the film from his junior campaign, that number will certainly increase.
“I’m getting interest from North Texas, Houston and Rice right now,” he said. “UNT and Houston have offered. They offered as a defensive tackle or they said I might play center.”
Although Lincoln only had four coaches, Jenkins did benefit from having a very good one in Zarnell Fitch, a former defensive tackle himself for the TCU Horned Frogs. The rising junior says the Frogs’ have shown some interest but he anticipates the interest level to rise once he camps there over the summer.
“They have, but I have to get faster and stronger,” Jenkins said of TCU. “That’s about the only thing but I’m going to their camp this summer and I’m sure I’ll start to get more interest.”
As for the advice he receives from Fitch, Jenkins says the coach doesn’t pressure him too much on looking hard at TCU.
“He just says it’s a good school, he really doesn’t go into a deep sale on how good it is, he just says it’s a real good school,” he said.