Irish reevaluate Jennings

Three-star receiver Gary Jennings spoke with Irish assistant Scott Booker on Monday. That talk could boost Notre Dame’s chances with the East Coast athlete who has a position preference and visited South Bend last month.

When Gary Jennings visited Notre Dame in December, the Irish staff emphasized the chance to compete for early playing time, although those opportunities were on defense for the three-star athlete from Stafford, Va. “They mainly stressed to me the need they have at safety,” Jennings said. “They don't have many returning next year, and they said that is what they need. It makes it very transparent, and it gives me a very clear idea what they want me to do there.”

However, Jennings, who prefers playing offense over defense, received word from Irish assistant Scott Booker on Sunday that Notre Dame would consider taking him on as an athlete. That opens up the opportunity for him to compete as a wide receiver once he steps foot on campus.

“That would improve Notre Dame’s chances in my eyes,” Jennings said. “Playing defensive back isn’t a deal breaker, but I like having the ball in my hands. (Booker) said that the coaches were going to have a recruiting meeting on Friday, and they were going to talk about recruiting me as an athlete.”

Along with Notre Dame, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete has taken an official visit to Wisconsin. Next up are officials to Virginia (Jan. 16) and West Virginia (Jan. 23). The fifth and final official visit has yet to be determined.

“It’s really possible that I don’t end up taking that last visit and I just decide after my official to West Virginia,” Jennings said. “I’m saving that last spot for a new school if they start recruiting me. Or, maybe UNC.”

Of note, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin are recruiting him as a wide receiver.

“I have no favorites right now, but I would say the four that I’m taking visits to are the ones standing out to me right now,” Jennings said.

In addition to finding the right fit on the field, Jennings will take into account factors off it when making his final decision.

“Just how comfortable I am at the school, the overall environment and how I get along with the coaches, and players,” Jennings said. “That will all play a role.”

Jennings is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 134 wide receiver in the class of 2015. Jennings claims offers from Duke, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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