Jenkins To Visit OSU Today

The final member of the coveted "Block 'O'" plans to trip to Columbus today to check out the Buckeyes. Find out why he will be in town and what the future could hold for Josh Jenkins.

After his last trip to Columbus was pre-empted by a faulty transmission, Josh Jenkins is planning to be on campus this afternoon for another unofficial visit.

This time, his mother is coming along for the trip. The duo will leave Parkersburg, W.Va. around 7 a.m. and make the trip north to Ohio State to meet with the coaching staff.

"(We're) just planning on having lunch with Coach (Jim) Tressel and taking a tour again of the facilities so my mom can see them," he told "It's just really a chance for my mom to get to know the coaches."

Jenkins has been no stranger to the OSU coaching staff, but his last attempt to visit ended in controversy when the transmission on his car broke and prevented him from attending the Buckeyes' one-day senior advanced camp June 23.

In the aftermath, Jenkins vowed to take another trip to Columbus to show Buckeye fans he was still seriously considering switching his verbal from the in-state Mountaineers of West Virginia to the Buckeyes.

This trip is apparently a chance to see if OSU gets mom's approval.

"(We're planning) just to see what the coaches are like and if she likes the facilities and likes how the dorms, the apartment-like things they live in now, just so she gets a chance to see where I'll be living if I was to come there," he said.

Jenkins' mother has accompanied him to West Virginia, but he said he was unsure if there would be any further unofficial visits for the duo to other schools.

"She's not really into it," he said. "She tries to stay away. She always tells me she's not the one who has to play college football, so wherever I'm happy she's happy with."

Not much has changed for Jenkins in the past few weeks, he said. That figures to remain the same after his trip to OSU, when he will take a week-long vacation to Myrtle Beach.

"Yeah, pretty much I haven't been going anywhere I've just been doing football," Jenkins said. "I'm about to go to the beach Friday. I'm cutting off my phone and not even answering it for anyone."

Once he returns from vacation, it will be time for fall camp to start. For Jenkins, that date can not come soon enough.

"I'm getting excited," he said. "You do all these walk-through things and you get a little excited. You want to punch someone and try to get away with something but you can't because you're just in shorts and shirts, but I'm just ready to go full-contact again."

There is no timetable as to when Jenkins could issue a final commitment, however. The 6-4, 285-pound offensive guard said he is still feeling things out and is unsure when that process will be complete.

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