FSU star defensive end Brandon Jenkins, who suffered season-ending knee injury, will enter NFL Draft

Brandon Jenkins said he struggled with the decision. But as he closes in on a degree and also weighed his future options, Florida State’s All-American defensive end came to a conclusion.

“I think it’s time,” Jenkins said. “It’s been great. I love FSU. I bleed garnet and gold. My time has been good, but I will enter the draft.”

Jenkins, a senior, suffered a season-ending foot injury in the Seminoles’ season-opening win over Murray State on Sept. 1. He had surgery on the foot and is in a walking boot until the end of November, when he can begin rehabilitation workouts in a pool.

He could have taken a medical redshirt for the 2012 season and returned to campus to play next fall. But Jenkins said that he recently came to the decision to enter the NFL Draft, and he informed coach Jimbo Fisher, assistant coaches and teammates.

“That was one of the most emotional times in my life talking to coach Fisher,” Jenkins said. “I gave him a hug. He cares about me as an individual and not just as a football player. He supports my decision.”

A native of Tallahassee who played at Florida High, Jenkins returned to Florida State after a junior season in which he had 41 tackles and eight sacks. He finishes his college career with 22.5 sacks and 37.5 tackles for loss.

Jenkins said he is on track to graduate with his degree in Sociology on Dec. 14.

THOMPSON’S DECISION: Chris Thompson isn’t even sure if he has a decision to make. But he would like to have two options.

The Florida State senior tailback, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the win over Miami, is not eligible for a medical hardship. But he, the Seminoles’ coaching staff and school administrators are trying anyway.

Thompson had knee surgery two weeks ago, and now the only question becomes if he is rehabilitating for a senior season or the NFL.

“I love being here, just playing here with these guys,” Thompson said Monday afternoon during his first interview since the knee injury on Oct. 20. “I think what really has me thinking that way is just the fact that I want to play another full season with my guys.

“But at the same time I’m not sure if I want to come back or even try to move on right now. It’s still one of those things I’ve been talking it through with my parents just trying to find out what’s the right decision.”