“His grandmom used to call and e-mail me all the time and tell me he’s not going anywhere but Penn State,” Franklin said.
Melanie Hall is a lifelong fan of the Nittany Lions, in part because her late brother, Chappie Hill, graduated from PSU in 1956 and lettered as a running back for Rip Engle’s football program. As it turned out, grandma knew best.
Not only did Jenkins commit to Penn State in May of 2014, but the standout WPIAL tackle also graduated early and enrolled at the university in January.
Though Jenkins is expected to redshirt as a true freshman, at 6-foot-8, 326-pound he is the prototype of the tall, long-armed linemen Franklin wants to recruit to PSU.
”You’re talking about a guy who has all the measurables, all the physical skills you’re looking for,” Franklin said. “But also has the mentality. … He’s able to bend, he’s able to move. He’s one of the most improved players in the country. I really believe that and I think his future is extremely bright.”
Jenkins settled on PSU because it gave him something he has always valued — a family atmosphere.
“The main thing is I wanted to go somewhere I could get the ultimate support from my coaches and my peers around me," he said. "It was really important to find someplace I felt comfortable and could call everybody around me my family. When I came here, it was just a different feeling than any school I’d been to.”
Get to know one of the newest Lions a bit in the video above.