Josh Jenkins: A Closer Look

His final prep season is underway, and Josh Jenkins helped power Parkersburg to a season-opening victory. BSB was there to take in the action. Find out how he performed, what he was saying and what -- if anything -- he is thinking about the recruiting process right now.

PARKERSBURG, W.VA. – Those expecting a quick decision out of Josh Jenkins can stop holding their collective breath.

In the aftermath of Parkersburg, W.Va.'s 47-41 victory over Ona (W.Va.) Cabell Midland, the five-star offensive line prospect laid out some plans for the coming months. Surprisingly, making a final college decision was not one of them.

"Right now I haven't really been dealing with that," he told BSB. "I haven't talked to a college coach (in a while). I don't call college coaches right now. They can't text and they can't call me until September. I've been putting it aside and just trying to play football really."

The story of Jenkins' recruitment has been pretty good tabloid fodder. After verbally committing to stay within the state and play for West Virginia, he decided to reopen his commitment. Since then, Ohio State has emerged as one of his top teams should he opt not to sign with the Mountaineers.

For now, though, the focus is simply on his senior season and on getting his five official visits underway.

Jenkins said he has four of them planned: OSU, West Virginia, Florida and Florida State.

"I'm taking all five of them, you'd better believe that," he said. "I don't know what I'm going to do with the last one, but I'm going to do something crazy, somewhere I've never been."

With the NCAA's text messaging ban for high school recruits now in effect, Jenkins said he receives handwritten letters from college coaches but has not written any of them back.

As his team's left tackle, the 6-5, 305-pound Jenkins was held out of practice for one week leading up to the August 24 season opener after suffering a deep leg bruise. While he said the injury did not affect his play during the game, it did keep him off the field for a few defensive series. When in on defense, Jenkins primarily lined up as a rush end without his hand on the ground.

That did not prevent him from making his impact felt on offense, however. Trailing the Knights by a 41-31 mark early in the fourth quarter, the Big Reds frequently called on tailback Matt Lindamood – who, in turn, followed the lead blocking of Jenkins to drive down the field for two touchdowns.

On the two drives, the Big Reds ran the ball to Jenkins' side on 11 of the combined 19 plays. Both resulted in touchdown runs by Lindamood, who finished with 295 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Four of those touchdowns came as a result of running behind Jenkins, including a 64-yard rush on the first offensive possession of the game for Parkersburg. On the play, it was Jenkins' sealing block that kept the linebacker from making the play and springing his teammate for the long run.

On the next possession, Lindamood ran behind Jenkins two more times for 30 yards and a touchdown. He found paydirt on a 14-yard counter to Jenkins' side when the team captain simply pushed his opponent well away from the play.

As if to put an exclamation mark on his performance, Jenkins again delivered a sealing block that freed Lindamood for a 62-yard touchdown scamper on the first play of a third-quarter offensive series.

"He's a big guy," Lindamood said. "He has real good footwork. He gets real good push. He's real good at staying on his blocks. Running behind him, he just opens the hole to the left side."

Now the next week for Jenkins will be spent continuing to work on his conditioning as he tries to help the Big Reds capture a second consecutive state championship.

"It puts a huge target on our back," he said of his team's 15-game winning streak. "Everyone wants to beat us like they about did. Everyone's going to look at us and say, ‘Hey, they're beatable,' but I don't think we are. We have a bunch of things that we need to correct and we'll get it done."


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