With the February National Signing Day just a few days away, Tennessee has added another piece to their 2022 class. 3-star defensive end Jayson Jenkins announced on Twitter that he committed to Tennessee, over offers from teams like West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Boston College.

Jenkins is one of the proverbial “late cycle gems” that has become commonplace in the Early Signing Period era. Less players available after December means that teams take a closer look at the guys left on the board. A portion of these players are late bloomers, who only begin getting serious recruiting attention after a strong senior season or growth spurt.

Jenkins fits firmly into this category. He received his first offer from Boston College in October, after putting together good senior season film at Notre Dame High School in Trenton, New Jersey. He later received more offers from Missouri, Virginia, Syracuse, and others.

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