December 31, 2007

No longer committed, Jenkins talks options

SAN ANTONIO - The best player in West Virginia according to Rivals.com, who had committed to the in-state Mountaineers, has re-opened his recruitment and might not be staying that close to home after all.

Vienna (W.Va.) Parkersburg offensive guard Josh Jenkins, a 6-foot-3, 282-pound recruit, confirmed Sunday he has re-opened his recruitment and that Ohio State and Florida State are his top schools. West Virginia is still in the running but Jenkins said he is concerned about the coaching situation in Morgantown.

Former coach Rich Rodriguez left WVU earlier this month to take the job at Michigan. The Mountaineers are still searching for their next coach.

"I'm not sure about the stability of the coaches after this year," Jenkins said. "If they lose or they don't win the Big East in the next couple years, they're probably going to be gone. They're not totally out of the race but I'm not committed to them anymore… I was going to stay with my commitment but now that Rodriguez and the coaches I felt comfortable with left it's open again."

Rivals.com rates Jenkins as the fourth-best offensive guard nationally and he is also a member of the Rivals 250. Jenkins has already visited Florida and Ohio State.

He has trips planned to Florida State for the weekend of Jan. 11 and to Pittsburgh for Jan. 18. Michigan is also starting to make a push but Jenkins did not want to comment on the Wolverines when asked Sunday.

This week, even with his recruitment back open, Jenkins said he is looking to have fun and that it is an honor even to be considered to play in the U.S. Army game.

"It's a very humbling experience," he said. "It's going to be a great time to get to know everyone. I'm not down here to prove anything. I'm down here to have fun. That gets old after a while, trying to prove yourself. You're either proven now or you're not."



 

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