Terp's Eye on the Future…Darius Jennings

2011 prospect Darius Jennings of the Gilman School in Baltimore, MD has burst onto the scene this year and has become one of the more sought after junior recruits. The gifted quarterback is already one of the state's best players and he still has another year to play.

Darius Jennings is a very athletic junior quarterback for one of the better programs in the state. After playing quarterback, running back and wide receiver last year Jennings has settled in at quarterback this year. He has become on of the state's best playmakers and has done it against the toughest opponents. He has so much potential as an athlete on the next level. He most likely will line up as a wide receiver or defensive back. He is a very smooth runner with the ability to score from anywhere on the field. Even with the target on his back and focal point of the offense he remains unstoppable. That is why he already has an offer from Maryland.

Being the only real threat on a team can leave you battered and bruised. Instead Jennings he has left the defenses battered and bruised. He leads the state in rushing yards and total touchdowns. In consecutive games against two of the state's top teams, DeMatha and Good Counsel both teams loaded with future D-I players, Jennings rushed for 218 and 273 yards respectively. He also had 5 touchdowns rushing and 3 touchdowns passing. Both games remain amongst the best performances of the year. Jennings has good size at 6'1" 180 lbs. He has very good speed (4.46 forty) and great open field moves. He can break tackles but it is his ability to make defenders miss and take it to the house that is his greatest asset. He sets up his blocks and has good vision and cutback ability. He also has shown good durability this year.

Jennings already has an offer from Maryland, his first one. Others will be coming very soon and from around the country. Jennings went to a Terp's game and liked his visit to Maryland. He liked the atmosphere there on game day. He has also been to Iowa and like the campus and coaches. It is still very early in the process for Jennings and he says he is open to any opportunity but the Terps offering first and already getting him on campus is a good start. Jennings will be one of the top area recruits for next year and it will be a long recruiting battle. He won't play quarterback for Maryland but can be a difference maker for the program. He is a rare athlete. Maryland must continue to build on their early relationship with Jennings and make him feel he is a top priority, which he should be.


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