School: Baldwin (Pa.) High
Pos.: Offensive tackle
Weight: 305 pounds
Regional Ranking: 7
Recruiting Update: Jenkins visited Michigan last weekend and holds offers from Arizona, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. He has interest in visiting LSU and Georgia as well.
Sterling Jenkins is one of the top players in the East Region’s class, and with it came some marquee offers, but the attention and the opportunity has taken him by surprise.
“I didn’t think I’d get offers this early,” he said. “I was focusing on my game and wasn’t thinking I would get college offers.”
However, Jenkins’ mix of size and athleticism has plenty of coaches recruiting him to be the next left tackle in their programs.
“All the coaches and all the people at the combines say I can move around really well for someone my size,” Jenkins said, “and I have a lot of athleticism for someone my size.”
However, Jenkins isn’t about to rest on his accomplishments. A former basketball player who was used to making himself big in the low post, Jenkins is now trying to move the opposite way.
While his length is an asset in pass protection, keeping a low pad level is not an easy endeavor. He spent the offseason working to improve that aspect of his game.
“I would say the biggest thing for me was staying low,” Jenkins said. “Being 6-8, if I stand up straight, that takes away a lot of my leverage. That’s something I still have to get better at and still working hard at to improve.
“It’s something I have to focus on. That moment you feel the burn in your legs, you have to stay in that position instead of coming out of it.”
Scouting Report: Let’s start off with the fact Jenkins needs to get stronger in the lower body, which will help him better absorb the initial impact of the defensive end. However, there is so much raw ability and athleticism, it is easy to see why so many schools are after him. He moves very well, he is flexible, and he battles hard to keep leverage. He also moves his feet well, a byproduct of his days as a basketball player. He is not a finished product, which is even more exciting because his upside is huge.