Posted June 20, 2012 on
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The San Francisco 49ers have signed top draft pick wide receiver A.J. Jenkins to a four-year contract.
Reigning NFC West champion San Francisco announced the signing of its 30th overall draft pick out of Illinois Wednesday.
The 6-foot, 192-pound Jenkins had 90 catches for 1,276 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season for the Fighting Illini and led the Big Ten Conference with an average of 6.92 receptions per game. He caught 19 TD passes during his four-year college career. He also returned 33 kickoffs for 773 yards and a TD.
His 1,276 receiving yards last season were the second-highest single-season total in school history.
The 49ers have signed all seven of their 2012 draft picks heading into the start of training camp late next month.
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Among the Fighting Illini football commitments so far for 2013 is an under-the-radar tackle from Olentangy, Ohio. Austin Schmidt made the decision to attend Illinois having only seen the school once briefly, so it was good to see him return for a more extended tour and chance to camp with his future line coach. Schmidt shows tremendous potential.
The Fighting Illini football program has enjoyed an excellent relationship with Chicago Mt. Carmel. Numerous alums have attended Illinois and prospered. They have another top performer in their junior class named Enoch Smith, Jr. A close friend of Illini signee Vontrell Williams, the defensive tackle is excited to receive an Illini offer.
The Fighting Illini football program continues to make a statement in recruiting. The latest to commit is highly rated Caleb Day, a defensive back from Hilliard, Ohio. Day performed at a recent Illini summer camp and impressed.