Villanova Lands Verbal Commitment from 2013 Forward Kris Jenkins

By Paul Seaver

Over the last few days, conflicting reports had surfaced over whether or not Kris Jenkins had made his college selection.

Villanova was rumored to be the choice for Jenkins, but it took until Sunday for that official confirmation: Jenkins will be a Wildcat.

Standing at 6-foot-6, Jenkins is labeled as a power forward, although his height may suggest that he is undersized. However, opponents should not be fooled, as Jenkins is widely considered to be one of the top prospects within the class of 2013.

ESPN lists Jenkins at No. 70 overall, while Rivals pins the forward at No. 63.

Out of Gonzaga H.S. in Washington D.C., Jenkins brings incredible intensity to the paint. A strong and skilled four man, Jenkins can rebound exceptionally well and finish with contact on the offensive end.

Prior to Sunday’s verbal commitment, Jenkins had also been considering offers from Xavier, Miami (FL), Clemson, and Rutgers.

Villanova head coach Jay Wright had been working hard on Jenkins for some time, most recently this past summer where Jenkins starred for the D.C. Assault.

With the announcement, Jenkins becomes the first verbal pledge for the Wildcats’ class of 2013.  After a disappointing 2011-2012, adding a guy like Jenkins can help build for the future.

Villanova is looking to rebound from a down season in 2011-12 with a pair of top-100 recruits in Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu joining the program. Jenkins will head to the Philadelphia campus for the 2013-14 season.

The forward is an original native of our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.


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