Posted by Jerry Hinnen
It's not exactly a happy ending for Janoris Jenkins' college career -- once you've passed on the opportunity to be a first-round draft choice only to be dismissed from your team for two marjiuana-related arrests in the space of six weeks, there may be no happy ending -- but at least that career will reportedly have a chance to continue.
According to Division II football writer and scout Josh Buchanan, Jenkins will be transferring to D-II North Alabama and is only waiting on NCAA approval to make it official.
Assuming the transfer goes through as reported, Jenkins should still be able to salvage something of his professional career; the presence of head coach Terry Bowden makes the Lions one of the more visible D-II programs, and NFL scouts aren't going to let a proven All-SEC caliber prospect just slip off their radar screens. If Jenkins performs to potential for UNA and avoids any further drug issues, his draft stock should remain high. (As this year's No. 1 overall selection proves, leaving Florida hardly guarantees a big draft plummet.)
But given Jenkins' track record in Gainesville (remember that he had a third arrest earlier in his career), it remains to be seen if he takes advantage of that opportunity. If so, we'll see him on Draft Day 2012.