UNC Takes Final Shot at Jennings

Gary Jennings took his final official visit over the weekend. Just days before National Signing Day, the Stafford (Va.) Colonial Forge athlete returned to North Carolina.

“Everything went well,” Jennings said. “I got to talk with many of the players and the coaching staff. And I got a lot of information.

“Coach [Larry] Fedora and the coaching staff there is a great coaching staff. And they’ve added Gene Chizik. It was the first chance I got to meet Coach Chizik and sit down and talk a little bit of football.”

Jennings, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, previously attended UNC’s exciting 40-35 victory over Pittsburgh.

“This time, I got to see more of the campus, more of the facilities and talk with more of the people,” Jennings said. “I think there was only one other recruit on campus at the time, so a lot of the stuff was focused on me. So I was able to get any questions answered.”

Jennings said the experience helped improve UNC’s chances to land his Letter-of-Intent in a few days.

“Coach Fedora and the players are great people,” Jennings said.

Previously, Jennings has taken official visits to Notre Dame, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. All five aforementioned schools are under consideration, with the exception of the Badgers, whose coaching staff is drastically different since he visited Madison. He’ll announce his decision during a ceremony at his high school on Wednesday.

Position projections are split among Jennings’s finalists. Virginia and West Virginia see him as a receiver, while UNC and Notre Dame are recruiting him for safety.

“I kind of like the ball in my hands, but a big part of my game is being versatile so I am willing to play the defensive back position,” Jennings said.

Jennings plays quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back for Colonial Forge. As a senior, he scored 17 total touchdowns and seven defensive interceptions.

Accompanied by his father, Jennings arrived in Chapel Hill for his official visit on Friday. Fellow northern Virginia product M.J. Stewart hosted Jennings throughout the weekend.

“He was just talking about how there’s a need at the defensive back position,” Jennings said. “And he told me overall about life at North Carolina. He said everybody there is close. And we just talked about life.”

Jennings also spent a great deal of time with members of UNC’s coaching staff – in particular, Seth Littrell, who recruits northern Va. for the Tar Heels.

“[Littrell’s] message was that he wanted me to come in and play early,” Jennings said. “He said I’d be physically ready to play, so all that’s needed is to pick it up mentally. In talking with Coach Chizik, I did that pretty quickly.”

Jennings spoke with Chizik throughout his stay, but he also met individually with him in his office on Saturday.

“He’s a pretty cool guy,” Jennings said. “He just talked about the need that they have at the safety position and scheme-wise how’d I fit in.”

Before driving back home, Jennings and his father met with Fedora.

“He talked to me mainly about how he would develop me not just as a player, but academically, emotionally, and spiritually,” Jennings said.

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