Since the onset of his recruitment Pittsburgh (Pa.) Baldwin OT Sterling Jenkins has made a concerted effort to navigate his recruitment with an open mind. That approach continues to create opportunities for his newer suitors to make in-roads.
“I did talk to Oklahoma’s offensive line coach and a little bit of Coach Mahoney from Tennessee,” said Jenkins. “I was thinking about checking out Michigan State with a fellow recruit, but I’m not really (certain) on that yet.”
What the Keystone State star is certain of is the composition of his top three. While he insists he recruitment is still wide open, he concedes that Penn State, Michigan, and Ohio State remain the standouts on his list. That’s despite the major coaching moves in Happy Valley and Ann Arbor.
For the Nittany Lions the change came at the top. Out went Bill O’Brien and in comes James Franklin.
“I was talking to my coach about it a little bit and he seems to know more about (Franklin) than I do,” Jenkins stated. “He said it’s was a great thing for Penn State. I’m really happy that they got someone that they think deserves the position. I can’t wait to start building a relationship with him.”
Michigan’s hiring of Doug Nussmeier as its new offensive coordinator elicited similar feelings.
“It seems like everyone is really excited about him,” said Jenkins of Nussmeier. “It’s kind of weird because when I was up at the barbecue I was talking to Coach Borges the whole time. Now that there is someone else there I guess I’m going to have to start talking with him too and start building that relationship.”
For now the bond building process will have to proceed over the phone since Jenkins doesn’t plan to hit the visit trail again for quite some time. When he finally does venture back out the aforementioned schools are likely stops on a travel plan that will be influenced by distance.
“It’ll probably be the spring before I start doing that type of stuff,” he said. “I think if I’m going to check out some of the (farther away) schools it’ll probably have to wait until an official visit type of thing.”