Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 4-Star OL Sterling Jenkins
Sterling Jenkins is one of the top offensive line prospects in the country. The big man hasn't even scratched the surface of how good he can be, which is why the future looks bright for him.
Jenkins, who is from Pennsylvania, has a chance to develop into one of the best blockers to come out of the 2015 class. Penn State has already gotten a commitment from him, which has put the Big Ten on notice.
Jenkins' potential as a prospect warrants a closer look.
Who Is Sterling Jenkins?
From Pittsburgh, Jenkins is a mammoth offensive lineman who plays for Baldwin High School. He is highly regarded around the state of Pennsylvania, as he was a Class AAAA All-Pennsylvania selection in 2013, per 247Sports.
Sterling Jenkins' Scouting Report: Strengths
Jenkins has rare size at 6'8" and 305 pounds, and he uses it to his advantage. He has adequate quickness at the snap, which helps deny defensive linemen the opportunity to jump on top of him.
As a pass-protector, Jenkins displays good movement skills when he deep-sets. He doesn't overextend or panic often versus quick pass-rushers, and he can slide and mirror well in space. Jenkins' best quality in this area is his arm length, as he can punch and extend to keep defenders from getting under his pads easily at the point of attack.
He slides well when he is engaged with targets, plus he can recover to cut off inside moves. As a run-blocker, the Pittsburgh native has a quick grab to win early. He shows good toughness to sustain through the whistle, plus he is solid at reaching linebackers on the second level.
Jenkins could see time at both left tackle and right tackle before he departs Happy Valley.
Sterling Jenkins' Scouting Report: Weaknesses
At this point, there are other offensive line prospects who bend more naturally at the knees than Jenkins. He also needs to improve his hand placement when punching targets both as a run-blocker and pass-protector.
Jenkins doesn't often snap his hips and run his feet through defenders when making holes as a run-blocker. Sometimes he stalls, which can lead to him struggling versus powerful defensive linemen who can anchor at the point of attack.
Finally, he could stand to get stronger to improve his ability as a pass-protector.
Highlights of Sterling Jenkins
Here are some highlights of Jenkins from his junior season. He lines up almost exclusively at right tackle throughout the reel, but he shows good patience as a pass-protector on several plays. This is a good highlight tape to view to get a feel for Jenkins' skill set.
Sophomore Highlights of Sterling Jenkins
Again lining up mainly at right tackle, Jenkins' highlights from his sophomore season at Baldwin High School can be seen above. The mammoth blocker displays good stationary athleticism, plus his excellent size on the hoof is noticeable.
Jenkins will arrive at Penn State with a solid amount of hype, which could lead head coach James Franklin to decide to play him as a true freshman.
However, it may be best for Jenkins to redshirt. He needs to increase his strength and polish several areas of his game. Jenkins will become a starting offensive tackle somewhat early in his career at Penn State.
Franklin and his staff will likely evaluate Jenkins as a left tackle prospect, but he will eventually settle in as a starting right tackle for the Nittany Lions.
Jenkins told Tim Owen of BlueWhiteIllustrated.com (subscription required) on May 7, "For now, concerning Penn State, I'm still going to learn more about it. I'm going to go up there as much as I can, and help recruit some guys."