The Twitter world was abuzz from a tweet earlier this afternoon from an account registered to Florida junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
Will Muschamp appears to have already won his first major recruiting battle -- convincing star junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins to return to Gainesville for his senior season.
"Gator Nation, I'm back..." read an entry from "jenkz1," posted around 5 PM this afternoon.
A source with intimate knowledge of the situation, confirms to Swamp247 that Jenkins plans to return for his senior season.
"He is coming back," the source said. "Will Muschamp did a heck of a job recruiting him [to return to Florida]."
According to the source, a multitude of factors impacted Jenkins' decision to come back. Not the least of those reasons was a torn labrum, suffered in the season-opener against Miami of Ohio on Sept. 4th.
"That really opened things up," the source said of the shoulder injury that Jenkins suffered. "He can even lift his arm right now"
Jenkins had surgery to correct the injury, which kept him out of Florida's 37-24 win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1st.
Other factors playing into Jenkins' apparent decision to return? A grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board which apparently was not as high as originally expected.
"The 2nd/3rd round grade concerned him," the source told Swamp247 of the feedback Jenkins had received from the NFL. Several NFL Draft analysts -- including Mel Kiper of ESPN -- have given Jenkins first-round grades for April's NFL Draft.
The potential of an impending NFL lockout by the owners also weighed on Jenkins' decision to return to Florida. However, it seems the chance to help redeem the 2010 season in Will Muschamp's rookie campaign is a strong motivating factor for Jenkins as well.
"[Janoris] wants to go out on the right note," the source told Swamp247. "He wants to win an SEC Championship, he wants to be All-America, and he wants to bring the Jim Thorpe Award back home to Gainesville."
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft is January 15th, giving Jenkins nearly a week to reconsider his decision. A number of stars from around the SEC, including Arkansas junior quarterback Ryan Mallett, Georgia junior wide receiver A.J. Jones, and a trio of junior stars from Alabama -- DL Marcel Dareus, RB Mark Ingram and WR Julio Jones -- have already elected to enter their names into the Draft.
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