January 5, 2012

Royce Jenkins-Stone competing with the best

SAN ANTONIO - Michigan commitment Royce Jenkins-Stone is used to dominating the competition on the field in high school. The four-star linebacker was named to the Associated Press all-state team for Divisions 1 and 2 following his senior season, in which he led Detroit Cass Tech to a state championship. At the Army All-American Bowl, however, everybody is a dominant high school player, and Jenkins-Stone is the first to admit he needed to adjust to the level of competition.

Putting in the hard work on the practice field has paid off in that respect for Jenkins-Stone. On Thursday, he took the field with the first-team defense for the West squad, and fit right in with the talented unit. He was back to his aggressive ways from the high school field. He'll look to repeat his performances from the high school field on Saturday during the Army All-American Bowl.

Joining him on the first-team defense during Thursday's practice were future teammates James Ross and Ondre Pipkins. The trio - along with West teammate Erik Magnuson and East Team member Kyle Kalis, both offensive linemen - will suit up for the Michigan Wolverines in the coming years.

Jenkins-Stone is ranked the No. 9 inside linebacker and No. 182 overall prospect in the country by Rivals, and comes in at the fourth-best player in Michigan. An impressive performance during the Army All-American Game, which airs live on NBC at 1 p.m. EST this Saturday, could see him get a bump in the rankings.

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