Tim Jennings was one of the surprise signees of Georgia's 2002 class. From Orangeburg, South Carolina, Jennings played cornerback for the Orangeburg-Wilkenson Bruins. In his interview with Dawg Post's Dean Legge, Jennings discusses his eagerness to establish himself in Athens.
|Tim Jennings is a shy young man that plays with confidence on the field. (Photo: Dean Legge)|
"They (Georgia) gave me a chance to make a difference," said Jennings of Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt and his staff. "And once I get down there I want to make a difference."
Jennings, like many other prospects that choose Georgia, was impressed through the recruiting process with Richt as a person. Jennings is confident that Richt can lead Georgia to even more wins in the future.
"He is a nice guy. He can lead us to 10 or 12 wins a season."
Although sometimes shy and bashful, Jennings made it clear what his goals are when he arrives in Athens.
"There is no ‘top' recruit when you get there (Athens). So everyone is on the same playing field. I see no reason why I cant make an impact."
When mat drills where brought up, Jennings had the same response as several other players; he was cautiously determined about them.
"Mat drills will only make me better", he said.
|"Leaving is all about growing up." - Jennings on leaving his home in Orangeburg (Photo: Dean Legge)|
"They want my playing weight to be about 170 to 175 pounds," said Jennings of his rather ‘Tim Wansley'-type body. "But I am not scared of the bigger receivers. Ask Kelvin Grant (recent Clemson signee; 6-2/207) about the Shrine Bowl. I shut him down. I am also excited about going up against Terrence Edwards and Fred Gibson in practice. Gibson is real big."
Perhaps Jennings is shy in person, but the palmetto state star was not timid about placing Clemson and South Carolina at the top list of teams to beat.
"I can't wait to play Carolina and Clemson. I am really looking forward to playing Clemson in the first game of the year in Athens. I want to beat them both"
When asked about Athens and Sanford Stadium, Jennings blushed again.
"I will miss my family when I go, but my sister lives in Norcross and Athens seems like a nice place to be. I don't think that there is that much violence there. And Sanford Stadium is fantastic."
In the end Jennings says that his move from Orangeburg to Athens will be a maturing process.
"Leaving is all about growing up."