All it took for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Coach Steve Campbell to secure a little-known defensive tackle from Meriden, Conn., was one highlight reel, a phone call and a signature.

Campbell felt like he found a hidden gem in John Jenkins.

"You knew he was a future NFL guy," Campbell said.

Campbell said Jenkins' high school coach sent film to him at his Perkinston, Miss., office. Campbell said Jenkins was listed at 6 feet 4 and 320 pounds carrying the ball as a fullback, catching the ball as a tight end and bowling players over as a defensive tackle.

It was a no-brainer for Campbell to offer Jenkins a scholarship. Campbell said Jenkins wasn't highly sought after by many Division I schools as he was an academic non-qualifier. Campbell said there was so little interest in Jenkins that he signed with Gulf Coast without a visit.

"The first time we saw him on film, we knew right away that he was a special guy," Campbell said. "You don't see guys that big who are that athletic. ... He was catching the ball, running the ball and we were like, 'Wow!'"

Gulf Coast already possessed a reputation for finding defensive tackles as the junior college produced NFL players Terrence Cody and Tramaine Brock. Jenkins received the immediate comparisons to "Mount Cody."

Campbell said Cody and Jenkins looked nearly the same way on film, except for one distinct difference. Campbell said Cody was bigger than Jenkins, but Jenkins had more athleticism making Jenkins "jump off the screen at you."