Two-Horse Race For Jenkins

During the last week coaches were allowed to make in-person visits to recruits prior to National Signing Day, Ohio State got the last shot at five-star offensive lineman Josh Jenkins. Find out how the trip went and which two schools appear to be his finalists here on

The final visits are in, and now there is nothing left for Josh Jenkins to do aside from make a final decision.

Easier said than done, according to Parkersburg assistant coach Mark McCullough, who has been assisting the five-star offensive linemen throughout the recruiting process.

"I have not tried to push him on this, because I want him to appreciate the time that he has with that," he told "It's going to end come Wednesday and I think he needs to start preparing himself. I'm sure he bounces himself back and forth daily."

A former verbal commitment to West Virginia, Jenkins has narrowed his list to three schools: Ohio State, Florida State and WVU. Following an in-home visit from head FSU coach Bobby Bowden, a groundswell of support for the Seminoles has appeared to surround Jenkins.

But according to McCullough, it remains a two-horse race between the Buckeyes and the Mountaineers.

"(Florida State) has made more of a push, but I really feel that with his family situation that I don't think it's going to be Florida State," he said. "In fact, I feel pretty confident that it's not going to be Florida State.

"I just think Florida State is going to be too far away for him to travel to. He's kind of mentioned it to me that the distance might be his biggest problem. That's why I think Florida State won't. It's going to come down to Ohio State and West Virginia. Those have been the two horses the whole way and I think that's how it's going to end up."

All three teams visited the 6-3 ½, 303-pound Jenkins during the last week before National Signing Day. FSU was at Parkersburg on Wednesday, WVU on Thursday and OSU on Friday.

It was OSU offensive line coach Jim Bollman who got the final visit, although McCullough said not to read too far into that fact.

"Coach Bollman was here until around 9:30 last night before he left," McCullough said. "He had a wonderful visit with the family. They spent most of the day together."

Jenkins will be holding a ceremony at his high school on signing day. There his final intentions will be made public, but McCullough remains confident the final decision will come down to the Buckeyes and the Mountaineers.

"I definitely feel it's going to be between Ohio State and West Virginia," he said.

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