Tallahassee, FL---Florida State senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins, whose season was cut short by a Lisfranc injury in the season-opening game against Murray State, announced Monday that he will make himself eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft.
“I think it’s time,” Jenkins said Monday evening. “It’s been great. I love FSU. I love everybody. I bleed Garnet and Gold. It was a tough decision (and) I feel like my time has been good, but I will enter the draft.”
Jenkins, who is scheduled to graduate in December with his degree in sociology, could have exercised a medical hardship and returned to play for the Seminoles in 2013. He weighed his options after undergoing season-ending surgery, and after discussing his situation with family and the FSU coaches, made his decision.
“I am very supportive of Brandon’s decision,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We had a great talk. It is best for him to go and become an NFL football player, which he most definitely will. We were very blessed to have had him here at Florida State. He’s one of the great players in Florida State history, but not only that, he’s one of the great people in Florida State history. He represented our team and our school with great dignity. I wish him nothing but the best and it was a pleasure to be able to coach him.”
Jenkins’ rehabilitation schedule should allow him to participate in all of the pre-draft evaluations.