Maryland Towards Top of Jennings' List

2011 wide receiver prospect says Terps have been on the top of his list since the beginning.

Darius Jennings, the number fifteen wide receiver prospect in the country, is a dangerous player on the gridiron. Currently playing quarterback for the Gilman High School Greyhounds, the senior could line up at every skill position at the collegian level and be a guy that you opposing tams need to be aware of. He is currently being recruited at quarterback, wide receiver, running back, and corner back by schools throughout the country.

An exciting, versatile athlete, the recruit has received offers from many impressive schools, but has whittled down his choices down to a top ten within the last month. His list includes: Maryland, UCLA, Ohio State, Boston College, UConn, Penn State, Pitt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest, in no particular order.

Maryland has “Been on my list from the start,” said Jennings. As a homegrown Maryland kid, the University of Maryland has always been in Darius’s life. As recently as last week, Jennings spoke on the phone with assistant coach Franklin, wide receivers coach Hall, and recruiting coordinator Ryan Steinberg. Jennings has also spoken to head coach Friedgen multiple times in the past.

Jennings and the Terrapin coaches have been speaking “Quiet frequently lately.” Maryland, along with UCLA and Virginia Tech, have all recruited the change-of pace athlete the hardest. During their recent contact, Jennings and the coaching staff have been “Simply catching up.” However, Maryland has continued to give the senior their pitch, “We often speak about where they stand with me,” Jennings continued. “They tell me a lot about playing close to home and keeping me in-state. If I went to Maryland, my family and friends could come to all my games. It is definitely a plus.”

Although staying close to home is an enticing scenario, Jennings also finds other prospects tremendously important, “Academics is definitely important,” Jennings added. “Also, how I feel with the coaching staff, and how I bond with teammates. It’s just my overall comfort that I have to have with my team and my school.”

With his 4.38-second, forty-yard dash speed, as well as a 34-inch vertical leap, Jennings is being recruited by Maryland at the wide receiver position. The self-proclaimed playmaker said, “The Maryland coaches have been very impressed with my vision and my ability to find open space,” which Darius cited as his best two assets on the field. “I really strive to find that daylight and run with it.”

However versatile, Darius said the Maryland coach’s logic toward him playing wide receiver makes a lot of sense, “They feel that with my speed, and my jumping ability, plus my vision and open field skills, I can be dangerous at the wide receiver position.”

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound recruit is hoping to narrow down his list of schools to between six and eight teams by September first. To aid this decision Jennings, “Got out to visit Maryland, Penn State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, UConn, Penn State, Pitt, and Boston College.” Jennings would still like to make an official visit to UCLA, but doesn’t plan on making any kind of decision where he will go until after the upcoming season.

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