Jenkins' Future In The Hands Of His Mom

Oklahoma State defensive tackle commitment Jonathan Jenkins is a huge key to the finish of the Cowboys recruiting class. But if OSU or anybody else is going to land this talented defender they are going to have to convince his mother.

Jenkins is an interesting story in that the former fullback from Meriden, Conn., migrated down to play for head coach Steve Campbell and had the faith that Campbell and the staff at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College could convert him into a big-time defensive tackle. They did!

Jenkins is getting hit on by the likes of Georgia, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and more in the southeast, but on an official visit back in late October he made a commitment to Oklahoma State. He even called his mother in Connecticut to tell her that is where he wanted to go to school.

Mom was excited to hear it but she wants to be convinced it's the best place is for her son. On Thursday, Jenkins' mother was visited by OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young and cornerbacks coach Jason Jones.

"You want the complete story on how the Oklahoma State visit went," asked the 6-4, 330-pound Jenkins. "Yes, they came to see her and it went good from everything I heard, but I was flying home when they were there.

"When I'm at home a lot of times I don't see my momma much because of work, she's at work when I'm up. From what she said to me the visit was good. She wants to know everything about the place that I go and she wants to be sure it is the best place for me. She really wants to go see the campus herself and we may have to purchase a ticket and do it."

Jenkins said Mississippi was in his home Friday morning to meet with his mother. NCAA rules allow high school recruits to be accompanied by a paid parent but the rule is not the same for junior-college prospects.

Jenkins said he was talking to us from the Boys Club and that he spends a lot of time there when he is at home. The very friendly and well spoken Jenkins can likely share a lot of experiences with younger guys having gone all the way to the deep south to play his junior college football and having done it so successfully.

"I am still committed to Oklahoma State," added Jenkins. "I really like it there, but I am listening to what the other schools are saying. But at the end I could not leave Oklahoma State out of this decision because of what I saw there with the faciltiies, the coaches, and the players."

The competition is thick for the standout defensive tackle but Jenkins will almost assuredly move into the top spot on the depth chart. However, for that to happen Oklahoma State or whichever school is going to have to occupy the top spot with his mom.

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