Jenkins Back From Florida

There has been little news flowing out of the Josh Jenkins camp as far as recruiting goes, but the five-star prospect managed to squeeze in an official visit this weekend to see the Gators. Parkersburg's head coach checks in with to discuss how the trip went for Jenkins.

Although he has been rumored to have West Virginia and Ohio State as his top schools, Josh Jenkins took his first official visit to the University of Florida this past weekend.

How big of an impact it left on the five-star offensive guard prospect remains to be seen.

Parkersburg, W.Va., head coach Bernie Buttrey confirmed that Jenkins had visited the Gators during the weekend

"I think it went very well," Buttrey told, adding that he felt Jenkins got everything he wanted out of it. "We didn't really talk a whole lot about it other than the fact that he enjoyed going down there and was very impressed."

A 6-3½, 303-pound prospect, Jenkins issued a verbal commitment to in-state West Virginia during his junior year but has since softened on the Mountaineers. Since he has decided to reopen his commitment, the Buckeyes have been widely regarded as one of the top suitors for his services.

At the beginning of his senior season, Jenkins said he planned to take all five official visits but had only picked four schools at that point: OSU, WVU, Florida and Florida State.

According to Buttrey, Jenkins does have legitimate interest in the Gators.

"I don't think he'd take an official visit if he wasn't at least considering it," he said.

He will be taking a trip to Columbus during the Dec. 7 weekend, but for now the focus of the Parkersburg Big Reds is on defending last season's state title. This weekend will mark the team's first playoff game.

"I think he's mostly thinking about Big Red football right now," Buttrey said. "Of course, this is the time of year to take some official visits and we had a week off so it didn't interfere with anything we were doing. It just worked out well for him, but as far as I know he's pretty much focused on what we're doing right now."

As for other official visits, Buttrey said he and Jenkins are planning to play the situation by ear. Recent contact with college coaches has been minimal as both levels of action are preparing for the stretch run of the season.

While his future lies on offense, Jenkins also plays defensive line for the Big Reds. Buttrey said he has made improvements during the course of the season on both sides of the ball, but his greatest growth has come on offense.

"I just think he continually gets better, especially offensive line," he said. "He takes such pride in his blocking and he's just doing a great job really on both sides of the ball. I see him getting better every time we play on the offensive line.

"We rest him some on defense. When he needs a break, that's where he gets it. I wouldn't say he plays every down, but he plays most of them on defense and all of them on offense."

Buttrey said that Jenkins has not discussed a timetable for making a final decision with him.

"It's a huge decision for him," he said. "I would have to qualify it as a difficult decision because of all the attention, but at the same time he's weighing all things. He's a very intelligent young man and I think he's going to do what's best for him when it's all said and done."

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