The Penn State football team got a big, early addition to its roster on Monday.
Offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins submitted his grant in aid Monday, will graduate early from high school and enroll at Penn State in January to get a jump start on his freshman season. Jenkins will be able to participate in off-season conditioning, spring practice and the 2015 season.
The 6-foot-8, 305-pound offensive tackle is from Baldwin High School, near Pittsburgh and is one of the nation’s top offensive linemen recruits. He is a four-star prospect according to 247sports.com, ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com, and has accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 2, 2015.
He is the No. 1-rated player in Pennsylvania, according to Scout.com and ESPN.com, and those services have him ranked No. 4 and 9, respectively, among offensive line recruits nationally.
Jenkins, who will join Lackawanna College offensive tackle Paris Palmer as January enrollees for coach James Franklin’s program, chose Penn State over Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
The Nittany Lions will meet Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at New York’s Yankee Stadium on Saturday.