[H. Rick Bamman]
When Iowa offered Jenkins a scholarship, he turned to Shane Evans for advice.
Shane Evans, older brother of Wolves quarterback Samson Evans (also an Iowa commit), played on the offensive line at Northern Illinois for a few years and now plays at Purdue. He also played for the Wolves on their 2011 state championship team, the school’s first football title.
Shane Evans, a four-year varsity player himself at Prairie Ridge, helped Jenkins through the recruiting process.
“Well, is there anywhere else you’d want an offer from?” he asked Jenkins.
When the answer was no, Jenkins knew Iowa was the place for him.
Jenkins grew up a few houses over from the Evans family. They played backyard football together, and Jeff and Samson grew up watching Shane’s Prairie Ridge teams.
Jenkins now wears No. 77, the same number Shane wore at Prairie Ridge.
“I learned basically everything I know about football from him,” Jenkins said. “He taught me how to play football here. He taught me how to pass block and stuff. Everything kind of started with Shane. I wanted my game to be just like him.”
Schremp, who serves as the primary offensive line coach, has had either Jenkins or Shane Evans on his offensive line for the past eight years.
“They still talk a lot,” Schremp said. “It’s been really fun for me, me growing up as an O-lineman and being an O-line coach and coming here and coaching the O-line.
“Both of those guys from Day One sat next to me in our film room. They loved being linemen, I really appreciate the fact that they love doing what they do.”
Shane still texts Jeff and Samson on game days wishing them luck. A year ago, Shane was on hand to watch the Wolves win the championship in Champaign. This year the schedule doesn’t work out as well, Purdue plays Indiana at 11 a.m. Saturday.
But the game day texts will still come.
“He really wants what’s best for me,” Jenkins said. “It goes both ways. I love Shane.”