James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions continue their success on the recruiting trail as four-star offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh, Pa. Baldwin) committed to the in-state program over Ohio State.
The 6-8, 305-oound Jenkins also had offers from the likes of Alabama, Michigan and Georgia, among others but elected to remain close to home and play for Franklin and the Nittany Lions.
Jenkins ranks as the No. 49 player overall in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and the No. 5 offensive tackle and the top player in the state of Pennsylvania. Needless to say, keeping the top players in the state away form Big Ten rivals like Ohio State and Michigan and the likes of Alabama is a significant coup for Franklin and his coaching staff, notably Terry Smith and Herb Hand who were instrumental in the recruitment of Jenkins.
Jenkins spoke to SB Nation earlier in his recruitment to talk about the relationships with the coaches and the momentum Penn State has on on the recruiting trail where they have the No. 2 class in the nation according to 247Sports after Jenkins became the 14th commitment for the class.
“I love the coaches. I love Coach Hand. What they have going with all of the commits is awesome,” he continued. “It seems like they’re building something that’s truly important. I really admire that about them.”
Jenkins was once believed to be a Michigan lean then Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes appeared to be the front-runners, but after Franklin was hired made the massive tackle his priority.
After Jenkins made his second trip to Happy Valley on Monday, Franklin sealed the deal and got his man on Tuesday.