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August 20, 2008
OSU's Jenkins tops defensive back rankings
His decision to delay his pro career gives the Buckeyes a much better chance of reaching that goal.
Jenkins probably would have been one of the first cornerbacks drafted had he chosen to turn pro after his junior season. His decision to return to school allows him to enter his senior year as the No. 1 defensive back in the Rivals.com Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top players and coaches at each position.
Jenkins, a 6-foot-1, 201-pounder from Piscataway, N.J., has earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in each of the past two seasons and was a Rivals.com second-team All-America pick in '07. His size and 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash make him a likely first-round pick.
We're introducing our preseason power rankings on a position-by-position basis. We'll continue Thursday with the introduction of our special teams rankings.
The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how they fared the previous week, but the power rankings measure overall career performances as well as their most recent results.
Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.