Five-Star Lineman Back From FSU

He could be the final block of a record-setting haul of offensive linemen for Ohio State, but Josh Jenkins spent the weekend taking an official visit to Florida State. Get the latest on how the trip went and what is in store for Jenkins' busy week here on

Fans who follow the recruiting efforts of Ohio State and West Virginia likely spent the weekend biting their nails as Parkersburg, W.Va. offensive lineman Josh Jenkins took an official visit to Florida State.

The Seminoles had a few things to pitch to Jenkins, but two items were at the forefront. First, he would have a significant chance of playing as a true freshman because FSU is losing several offensive linemen. Second, the team's offensive line coach is Rick Trickett, the primary reason why Jenkins originally verbally committed to WVU as a junior. After taking the same position at FSU, Trickett began recruiting Jenkins to come with him to Tallahassee.

But now back in West Virginia, it appears Jenkins still favors the Buckeyes and the Mountaineers ahead of the Seminoles.

"I still think those are the two and I'd say Florida State is the three right now," said Parkersburg assistant coach Mark McCullough, who also handles Jenkins' recruitment.

Jenkins' trip to FSU was a typical visit, McCullough said.

"He had a good visit," he said. "He got to see the school and various parts of it and really liked what he saw. It's like any other trips: They're all great."

The high point for Jenkins appears to have been getting to spend time with Trickett. However, it might not have been enough to sway him to become a Seminole.

"He enjoyed seeing him," McCullough said. "He and Coach Trickett get along well. He wanted to see what their situation was as far as what they had coming back, what they are recruiting, the normal questions that you ask on a visit. But it was good to see him."

A five-star offensive guard, the 6-5, 305-pound Jenkins recently took part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. After his senior season, Jenkins was named the top player in West Virginia for the second consecutive season.

Although he is back home, things will not slow down for Jenkins. He has a full slate of visitors on tap for the week and a potential official visit this weekend.

"For this week, he's got a busy week," McCullough said. "Coach (Bill) Stewart from West Virginia is coming in (Monday). He has Michigan coming in (Tuesday), he has Pitt coming in Wednesday and he has Coach (Jim) Tressel and Coach (Jim) Bollman coming in Thursday. Friday I don't know.

"Those are the main schools. I don't know really how much interest he has in Pitt or Michigan right now, but it's an open period so they're going to be coming."

In addition, FSU head coach Bobby Bowden is slated to visit Jenkins sometime next week.

Jenkins has taken an official visit to OSU and several unofficial visits to WVU, but he could be taking another official visit to Pittsburgh this weekend.

"That I don't know," McCullough said. "Someone had mentioned about him going to Pitt this weekend, but I don't know if that's true or not."

The plan is for Jenkins to make a final decision on National Signing Day.

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