Darius Jennings Swings By Georgia Tech

Gilman High School (Baltimore, MD) athlete Darius Jennings has just completed a trip to four schools with his coach and a high school teammate. Their trip began with a camp at North Carolina followed by visits to Wake Forest, South Carolina, and ended with a visit to Atlanta to see Georgia Tech.

The trip was a good one for Darius Jennings as he had a chance to see four schools on his long list of offers. The last school on his trip was Georgia Tech. "We had a really good time at Georgia Tech." Darius spent some time with Coach Lamar Owens. "He is my recruiting coach and my position coach if I were to choose Georgia Tech." Owens is a coach that Jennings likes a lot. "He is a real cool guy and relates well to the players and I know I got along with him real well."

Owens showed Darius where he would be playing in the Tech offense (A Back) and how important that position is in Coach Paul Johnson's offense. "Not only do they get a chance to carry the ball but they are part of the passing game." Jennings liked what he heard and what they told him about the offense.

Add Jennings to the list of recruits that are surprised when they see Tech's campus. "It was a lot bigger than I thought it would be," said Jennings. "It isn't a huge campus but it is big enough and being in downtown Atlanta there is a lot to do." That was a plus in Darius' eyes. "I like how the stadium is set up too." On the academic side Jennings likes how it is stressed to the players." Getting a good education is important to me so that is a plus."

Before his trip to the Carolinas and Atlanta, Jennings had only been to three or four schools. "For the rest of the summer I am not sure how many schools I will get a chance to visit. Jennings schedule will depend on his and his parents' schedule. "I do know that I will visit Ohio State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech."

Jennings currently has twenty seven offers. He has plans to trim down the list. "I know by the end of the summer I will have it trimmed down to twelve or fifteen schools and then by the end of November I will trim that down to six or eight and five of those schools will get official visits." Jennings plans to sit down after the five visits and choose a school.

Education will be the primary factor in his choice of schools. "I want a quality education to fall back on after college if I don't see the NFL." His relationship with the coaches and players will also play an important role in his decision. "The fans will play a part in that comfort level too." Like most players, Jennings would like to contribute early in the team's success. "The atmosphere at the school is important, "said Jennings. " Do I feel like I would like to be there if I wasn't playing football?"

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