Jelani Jenkins is a 2009 Watkins Award Honoree from Silver Spring, Maryland aka the DMV. He played in the Maryland Little League for Wheaton and the Maplewood programs in Montgomery County. In high school, Jelani played football for Our Lady of Good Counsel. He received numerous honors including Parade Magazine High School All-American and being selected to play in the Under Armor Game. His most notable award in high school was the Districts Pigskin Club in which Jelani was the first player in the 71 year history of that award to earn the Defensive Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year. Jelani had over 40 offers to major D1 Schools which he ultimately chose The University of Florida. He established himself in the SEC as one of college football's best outside linebackers and separated himself by his high academic accomplishments in the classroom. In 2013, Jelani was selected in the 4th round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He quickly became one of the best defensive players in the NFL (110 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks).
Collegiate Academic All-American and Retired NFL Player