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Friday, June 21, 2013
Jenkins compared to OSU legend Pace

By Jared Shanker

Some college coaches have told Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh/Baldwin) he already looks like an NFL lineman. The Ohio State coaches think he could be the next great NFL lineman.

Orlando Pace
Orlando Pace was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times during his career.
Jenkins, a 2015 offensive tackle, visited the Buckeyes on Wednesday, and offensive line coach Ed Warinner told Jenkins he reminds him of former No. 1 pick and future Hall of Famer Orlando Pace. Pace was a new name to Jenkins, but he appreciated the Buckeyes’ belief in him.

“It’s weird because I don’t know much about him, but it’s cool because he’s a legendary tackle from Ohio State,” Jenkins said. “They want me to be like him. It’s cool they see all the potential. It’s cool to get that type of support.”

Jenkins and Warinner watched film of Pace and Nick Mangold, also a former first-round pick out of Ohio State.

The Buckeyes showed Jenkins around the facilities and campus, which he thought was impressive. But the culture around the Ohio State program is what stuck out to him.

“I would say their standard of excellence,” Jenkins said impressed him most. “They have graphs and posters and quotes on the wall, and it just made the whole atmosphere of the Ohio State Buckeyes as a hard-working team.”

Last weekend, Jenkins visited nearby Pitt, a program he is becoming increasingly familiar and comfortable with.

“I’ve been around since I was a kid and I felt really familiar with the place and at home with the campus,” he said. “It was cool to meet the coaches and see what the team is about.”

Jenkins will visit Penn State on Wednesday.