Saint Francis University, a FCS program in the Northeast Conference, last week notified its players the plans to play a spring season had been scratched. With no season to play, some players headed into the NCAA Transfer Portal. Two of those were the best offensive players on the team, RS junior quarterback Jason Brown (6-4 230) and RS junior WR EJ Jenkins (6-8 235).
The natives of Fredericksburg, VA have played together since the seventh grade, and they want to continue to play together. Tuesday the pair was contacted by USC, and if things work out, they could be headed to Columbia by the weekend.
“I was just sitting on my coach and EJ called me and was like, a South Carolina coach is following me,” Brown said. “Thirty seconds after that, the same coach followed me and we ended up getting on a Zoom five minutes later. It works fast.”
Theo one hour Zoom session included Gamecock coaches Shane Beamer, Marcus Satterfield, Des Kitchings and Justin Stepp.
“They love us, and from the talks that we had, they pretty much said they are going to offer us,” Brown said. “They’ve just got to get our transcripts finalized tomorrow morning and they are going to give us a call around 9:00 AM.”
That call could include an offer for the two from the Gamecocks, and that would set the wheels in motion toward what eventually could be a landing in the Palmetto State.
“Oh yeah, definitely. That’s SEC football. It doesn’t get any better than that,” Brown said. “The new facilities are amazing. They are beautiful. I would definitely hop on that for sure. There’s a very, very, very good chance. They said they would offer me and EJ. We want to keep playing together. We get to do that playing SEC football. That’s crazy.”
But, Brown said before jumping right on an offer, he and his close friend would have to talk..
“I’m definitely going to have to talk about it with EJ, because we know once that offer comes, I’m sure other ones will as well,” Brown said. “We’re going to have to do it very quickly. Like they told us today, if they move forward with us, we’re going to have to get there by Sunday because Monday is the last add and drop day. So, we’re going to have to get there for classes by this weekend. It’s going to have to be a quick process which is completely fine with me honestly.”
Brown became the starter at Saint Francis in 2019 and earned FCS Honorable Mention All American honors. He led the NEC in passing and set single season school passing records with 3084 yards and 28 touchdowns. He completed 62% of his attempts with just 6 interceptions.
Jenkins was second team All-NEC in 2019 and set the school with with 13 touchdown catches. He had 39 catches for 779 yards.