Alabama's Surprise Signee

Two weeks ago Pinson Valley star Desmond Jennings was unsure about his future college plans. Jennings had not received a scholarship offer due to his academic status. Alabama signed him with the thought that he might be part of this class, but that he would be worth getting back from Junior College in two years.

"I talked to the coaches a lot during my visit (1/21). I kept talking to Coach Harbison a lot after the visit too. He told me they wanted to offer me a full scholarship. They sent the papers to my school last week," said Desmond Jennings.

The future for Jennings is still undetermined, but he is very proud to be a part of Alabama's excellent signing class.

"At first, I was really stressed out. I really didn't know what was going to happen. I am so happy that I finally got an offer. I feel very good and relieved."

"I still don't know yet if I will qualify. I am taking the ACT in April. I am not sure what my current GPA is right now. The coaches have already told me they want me to go to Itawamba if I can't get in at Alabama," said Jennings.

The Alabama coaching staff knew of the uphill battle Jennings faced in the classroom. They also knew of his great talent on the football field.

"I have built a very good relationship with all of the coaches. All the coaches treat me really nice. They are easy to get along with. Coach Harbison has really made a strong impression on me. We have talked so much over the past couple of weeks. He is a real cool person to talk to."

Though Jennings was signed as an athlete, he made his mark on the field as a quarterback.

"Alabama signed me as a wide receiver/athlete. I am currently 6-2, 190. I was named 5A Back of the Year and 1st Team All-State."

When asked about his return to Alabama if he does go the JUCO route for two years, Jennings replied," I will be back at Alabama no matter what. I will not open anything back up." (recruiting)

Jennings has been offered a scholarship by the University of Alabama, is a star on the basketball court, and baseball is his best sport.

"Our basketball team is 17-9 right now. We start our area tournament next week. I have had a few thirty point games the past couple of weeks. I am still considering the baseball draft. I will probably do it. I am going to wait and see what happens," said Jennings.

As a senior, Jennings racked up 3,035 yards of total offense, and had a total of 41 touchdowns.


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