June 6, 2013

Jenkins seeing his stock rise

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On a first glance of offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins one would think that he is ready to report to a college campus immediately and suit up this fall for a team of his choosing but he still has two more years to go as a class of 2015 out of Pittsburgh (Pa.) and the recruiting process is really starting to take off for the 6-foot-8, 296 pound junior-to-be.

Jenkins participated over the weekend at the Columbus (Ohio) Nike camp with players his age and a year ahead of him and it was easy to see why he already is reporting 11 offers and could be a 30-plus offer player before it is all said and done. Jenkins towered over many players who were used to being the biggest player on the field and the offensive lineman is only now just starting to get an idea of how good he could eventually be.

Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Virginia Tech and West Virginia were the first schools that Jenkins rattled off as he struggled to remember all 11 of his offers after his camp outing and the humble big man is taking it all in stride and is enjoying the process as things are starting to ramp up.

"I would say that it is a blessing that I get to choose what school I get to and I am not taking it for granted and not getting cocky," Jenkins said. "I want to stay as humble as possible and still work harder than I have been doing and just keep going."

Jenkins saw his stock start to soar after a recent appearance at a Rivals Camp Series event in Pittsburgh and the offers have been coming in. What may be the most surprising thing to Jenkins is that the first offers have not been limited to schools in greater Pennsylvania/Ohio/West Virginia area getting on board with teams much further away starting to get on board.

"Distance really isn't a factor for me," Jenkins said when it comes down to choosing a school. "I don't have a problem with traveling, I always wanted to actually."

This summer will not see Jenkins make too many stops however and the visits will be much more local than national.

"On the budget that we have, since the visits are not paid for, I am only going to Ohio State and Michigan and I am flying out to Chicago for the Rivals Challenge," Jenkins added.

Jenkins is one of 20 Class of 2015 stars that will be at the Rivals Challenge and will have the chance to go up against 80 top players from the class of 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago (Ill.). While that won't be a place that the college staffs will be able to watch, Jenkins will get a chance to expand his skills under the watchful eyes of several of the top position coaches on the camp circuit.

It did not take long for Ohio State to get involved with Jenkins and he was excited when the Buckeyes made the call to extend an offer to him.

"I talked to coach (Ed) Warinner and he is a cool guy," Jenkins said. "They came to the school and then I called him and he gave me an offer and I know they have good academics because I looked them up before and I know they have a real good football system too."

While it is too early to say that this will only be an Ohio State versus Michigan battle, we do know that both schools are high on the young lineman's list.

"Michigan was like my first big offer and my third offer (overall) actually and it was definitely cool because I have talked to coach (Darrell) Funk before and he told me how he was interested in me," Jenkins said. "It was really cool to get my first big offer and it really opened my eyes to what I need to work for."

Jenkins plans to visit Ohio State in mid-June with a visit to Ann Arbor (Mich.) coming the following week.


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