Shortly after LSU received news that DL Neil Farrell has opted back in to the season, the Tigers reportedly lost another defensive lineman to an opt out decision.

LSU DT Nelson Jenkins had been on the fence about playing during the 2020 season, but Geaux247 reported that the sophomore has opted out of the upcoming season for personal reasons.

Jenkins was expected to move inside to defensive tackle this year in LSU’s new 4-3 scheme after he served as a backup defensive end as well as playing on the scout team in 2019. He’s played in one game in his two years with the Tigers.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder from Maringouin, Louisiana (Plaquemine) played in only one game as a true freshman in 2018 where he registered his first and only career tackle in the win over Rice. He did not see any action last season.

Coming out of high school, Jenkins was the No. 36 defensive tackle by the 247Sports Composite and the No. 20 overall prospect in Louisiana.

Jenkins before he landed at LSU briefly committed to Kansas. Kansas was the only other FBS team to have offered Nelson a scholarship by the time he committed to LSU, but both Alabama and Oklahoma have shown interest during his recruitment.

Here are some Hudl highlights from early in his high school career: