Alex Jenkins first started American Football at the age of 18, training with the Bristol Academy community program. They benefited from the same coaches back then as the PRIDE and got to use the same facilities, all be it just two days a week instead of four.
After a few months and some successful camps with Football University in Virginia USA it was clear that Alex needed to be training with the PRIDE to prepare for an almost certain scholarship to the USA and so upped his game by attending PRIDE practices.
With a 6ft6 frame, benching 1kg over 21 times, coupled with a 4.6 forty time, it was very clear that Alex Jenkins was going to be successful in the USA. His first stop was at the University of Incarnate Word. Coach Mike Briglin (now with Clemson 217) was instrumental in recruiting Alex away from other programs such as Miami and Virginia Tech who had showed some interest. UIW already had international players on their roster and knew the potential that Alex had.
After four successful seasons with UIW Alex had proved himself as a deadly pass rusher off the edge, stout against the run in the middle and had also made a habit of blocking field goals. Narrowly missing out on being drafted Alex was signed to a four year deal with the New Orleans Saints through the NFL international development program thanks to Aden Durde and his team in the London Office.
In his first year Alex can not be activated from the practice squad but enjoyed a very successful preseason that saw him get more game time than anyone expected, including a sack against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter of his second game.
Alex is a great example of what hard work can achieve. Not all will be blessed with the frame that Alex has but that’s not why he is in the NFL. It’s his hard work and effort in becoming the best at everything he does that has made him this successful. He was not the most co-ordinated or even the best player on our team here at Filton. He is one of those rare breeds though that worked to maximise his athletic attributes to reach his potential, by the time he left us he was almost unblockable.
If you dream of following Alex to the NFL why not follow in his footsteps here at SGS College. We offer courses from FE through to HE. From BTecs to Foundation degrees. Contact Head Coach, Benjamin Herod, to find out more on [email protected]