Jennings Gets First Look at UNC

Gary Jennings made his all-important inaugural visit to North Carolina on Saturday.

“Everything went alright,” Jennings said. “I got to see a good game and a good outcome.”

UNC offered Jennings, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete from Stafford (Va.) Colonial Forge, about a month ago.

“I feel that I’ll be talking to the coaching staff a lot more now [after Saturday’s visit] and we’ll see from there,” Jennings said.

Also about a month ago, Jennings took his first and only official visit to Wisconsin.

Jennings plans to use his four remaining official visit slots, but is unsure which schools will receive those visits. Boston College, Nebraska, UNC, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and West Virginia are vying for the vacancies. He was scheduled to officially visit Notre Dame this coming weekend, but canceled the trip to better focus on Colonial Forge’s season.

With Colonial Forge amid a playoff run – it hosts Midlothian (Va.) Cosby on Friday in the second round of the VHSL 6A South bracket – recruiting is on hold for Jennings. As such, he doesn’t claim a leader.

“I want to take my officials first, before I think about which school I like best,” Jennings said.

Shortly after arriving in Chapel Hill on Saturday, Jennings was escorted to Larry Fedora’s office for a meeting with UNC’s head coach.

“He just told me to enjoy the day and hopefully I’ll be able to get up again soon,” Jennings said.

Jennings also had several conversations with Seth Littrell, his primary recruiter, throughout his stay.

“He talked about the need that they have at the safety position and things of that nature,” Jennings said.

UNC’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme utilizes three different safeties – ram, free, and strong. Jennings says that no one at UNC has discussed which safety position he projects to play. However, he was able to see the scheme in-person during the Tar Heels’ rousing 40-35 victory over Pittsburgh.

“They definitely had a test against Pittsburgh,” Jennings said. “Pittsburgh’s offense has been pretty tough, so I think they did really well against it.”

Jennings’s position preference is wide receiver – and several schools are recruiting him for his favored position.

“I like playing wide receiver, however I don’t mind playing defense, as well,” Jennings said. “It won’t [hurt UNC chances], because a lot of other schools are starting to recruit me as a defensive back, as well.”

Jennings plays quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back for Colonial Forge. On the season, he has 17 total touchdowns and seven defensive interceptions.

Colonial Forge is where Tim Scott, UNC’s starting free safety, spent his prep years. After UNC’s win on Saturday, Scott and Jennings spoke in the locker room.

“He talked to me about their different schemes and what he thinks about it there,” Jennings said. “He said he really likes it.”

Scott graduated from Colonial Forge before Jennings was a high schooler, but Scott regularly returns to his old stomping grounds during off periods.

“He goes through the drills and he talks to me about how he made his decision and stuff like that,” Jennings said.

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