Evaluating the Class of 2023 has been undoubtedly hampered by COVID-19 but Pitt is doing their best to identify players that could become recruiting targets for them in the near future.
One player that could fall into that category is Sto-Rox 2023 quarterback Josh Jenkins.
Despite all the obstacles that the 2020 high school football presented, Jenkins (6-foot-4, 175) had a prolific season, completing 75 of 122 of his passes, for 1,427 yards, and 23 touchdowns and was First Team All-Conference and Offensive Player of the Year in the Three Rivers Conference.
It’s not surprising that this productivity and his natural athletic ability is catching the eye of college teams including the Pitt Panthers. Pittsburgh Sports Now had the chance to talk with Jenkins about Pitt and interest he’s receiving from other programs.
“I feel like with the games that we were able to play last season that I was able to show coaches and teams some of my ability and what I’m able to do on the field,” said Jenkins. “I believe that I’m a hardworking player, my work ethic is insane, I’m able to throw the deep ball well and I believe that I’m a good leader. I led my team to the championship, unfortunately we lost but this year is going to be the year.”
He’s only a sophomore, so it’s early, but Jenkins has the mindset of being a college quarterback but also pointed out that he’s an athlete and is willing to play wherever a team wants him at. A local talent evaluator tells PSN that Jenkins “has the look of a Power Five athlete on film and his strength’s are that he’s long and athletic.”
At this point, Pitt and other colleges aren’t permitted to contact Jenkins but Cory Sanders has been in communication with his coaches at Sto-Rox to begin the relationship and express some early interest.
“It’s been a couple of weeks now that they’ve been in contact,” said Jenkins. “They really want to meet me but COVID-19 isn’t allowing that to happen. To hear from a program like Pitt is really a dream come true for me because where I come from, not a lot of players get interest from a place like Pitt. I’m happy and excited about this but know that I have to keep working. I really want the chance to talk to Pitt and can’t wait until all this COVID stuff is out of the way.”
Pitt isn’t the only team showing interest, Jenkins tells PSN that he’s also hearing from Rutgers, Kent State and Temple.
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