The program officially welcome the Pittsburgh Baldwin four-star offensive tackle Monday morning, less than an hour after he signed, sealed, and shipped a financial aid agreement from a small ceremony at his school to the Lasch Building at University Park. Jenkins will enroll in January, and room with fellow class of 2014 member and Indiana quarterback Tommy Stevens.
"It was special because I achieved my goal I set as a sophomore, to go somewhere and play football," Jenkins said in a text message to FOS. "My dad and coach was there [at the ceremony], and it was really special."
The 6-foot-8, 305 pound senior was an honorable mention selection in the WPIAL, which Baldwin competes in. He committed to Penn State May 6, and decided he would early enroll at the university in late September. The senior is one of two tackles that will arrive early, as Lackawanna JUCO transfer Paris Palmer is also set to arrive early.
Penn State is expecting two other class of 2014 linemen, verbal commits and guards Steven Gonzalez and Ryan Bates, to sign a National Letter of Intent in February before arriving at University Park in June.
"I want to get acclimated as fast as possible, and then I can set realistic goals," Jenkins said.