High school notebook: Prized tackle to announce school choice


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One of the most-heavily recruited football players in the WPIAL class of 2015 will announce his college choice today, and he is expected to pick Penn State.

Sterling Jenkins, a 6-foot-8, 315-pound junior offensive tackle at Baldwin High School, will announce his choice on KDKA-TV. People close to him and other sources say it will be Penn State, which has been Jenkins’ favorite for a while. Recently he said he narrowed his choices to Penn State and Ohio State. He spent Monday visiting Penn State with his family and also met with Penn State coaches.

Jenkins had scholarship offers from, among others, Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

Penn State’s recruiting Class of 2015 already was rated among the best by scouting services, and Jenkins will enhance the class. Rivals.com ranks Penn State’s class No. 2 in the country behind Alabama, and Rivals also ranks Jenkins the No. 34 player in the country and the No. 6 offensive tackle.

Moon hires Kaufman

Moon made it official Monday night, hiring Adam Kaufman as its new boys basketball coach. The hiring is notable considering the success Kaufman had at Montour, his alma mater.

In six seasons, Kaufman had a 111-51 record, including an 88-27 mark the past four seasons. He won two WPIAL titles also made it to the PIAA Class AAA title game twice.

“I appreciate the opportunity Montour gave me and it was a really difficult decision to leave the hometown school,” Kaufman said. “The kids really bought in and worked hard and I want to thank them. But I’m doing what is best for my family. I think it could be a really good situation at Moon and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Kaufman lives in Moon with his wife and two children, and teaches in the Montour district. At Moon, he replaces Jeff Ackermann, who was not rehired, despite winning three WPIAL titles and one PIAA title in 13 seasons.

“I just think with the resources at Moon, it might be easier to sustain a winning program because of those resources,” Kaufman said. “I mean, they have eight gyms at Moon to run a youth program. This isn’t a monetary decision, either. I won’t be making any more money at Moon.

“There are reasons [for the coaching move], but the main one is just that if you have an opportunity to do something better for your family, why wouldn’t you? The fact that my family lives in Moon, maybe I will someday have the opportunity to coach my son. There a lot of things I couldn’t do at Montour that I can at Moon, as far as my family.”


Mike White: mwhite@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1975 and Twitter @mwhiteburgh.

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