Jacob Jenkins: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Gilmer High School head coach Jeff Traylor about Jacob Jenkins, a 6-3, 260-pound offensive lineman from Gilmer, Texas.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Jeff Traylor: He's an unbelievable athlete. He's got great feet. He could almost be a tight end, he's that good of an athlete.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Jeff Traylor: I think just the adjustment from playing on Friday night to a different level where everybody is great. When a player moves up from the JV to the varsity the game gets faster, and then when you move up to college the game moves a lot faster.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Jeff Traylor: Oh, our screen game is so big for us, when he gets out there on the screen he's really good out there leading the way.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Jeff Traylor: Intelligent. Athletic. Competitive.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Jeff Traylor: They did a great job of recruiting him, and they always do a great job of recruiting our kids. He really liked Coach (Joe) Wickline.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Jeff Traylor: He'll be a great lineman. He needs to gain a little weight but when he gains the weight he'll play.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Jeff Traylor: I'm hoping he's Academic All-Big 12. (On the field), he'll be as good as he wants to be. He's got all the tools. It's just a matter of what Jacob wants to do, and Coach Wickline is a great coach and Oklahoma State does a great job, so he'll be as good as any of them.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Jeff Traylor: He was one of our captains and one of our leaders. He did a great job of leading our kids. I really enjoyed coaching him. I never had any trouble out of him, and he was just a great, great team player.

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