April 3, 2011

Texas lineman keeping his options open

As a high school football player in Texas, Beau Jenkins is tired of hearing about Aggies, Longhorns and Red Raiders. Although he lists Air Force among his top five schools right now, he said he is definitely still open to Army.

With a grandfather who resides in Albany, N.Y., he is familiar with that part of the country. And with a great-uncle who fought in Iwo Jima and a grandfather who fought in the Phillippines, he is also familiar with the Army.

"I have to find a fit for me,'' said the 6-foot-3, 280-pound two-way lineman from Corsicana (Texas) Mildred Independent School. "It's like trying to find a piece in a giant puzzle. I haven't gotten any offers yet so I'm open to anyone. I would love to go to any of the three academies. They're great schools, you get a great education.

"Air Force has contacted me the most out of all of them, and a recruiting coach is going to visit me at my school later this month. I'll probably take a visit there, too.

"Army and Navy both sent me questionnaires,'' he added, "and have contacted me with a recruiting coach in my area.''

Jenkins has been to combines in his area - he lives just a little more than a half hour from SMU, which happens to be one of his top five schools - and currently lists Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State among his top five.

Part of what separates him from Army and Navy right now is his long-time desire to be a pilot. "I've always wanted to fly a plane or a helicopter,'' he said. "I'd love to fly a B-52 bomber.''

He loves to run-block, which, in a way, is something a B-52 Stratofortress does in the sky.

"It just sounds intimidating,'' Jenkins said.

He can be just that on the football field, which is why he loves the option offense run by the academies. "My favorite thing is to pull and go hit somebody,'' he said. "I prefer offense, but wherever they need me to play I'll go.''

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