Jennings Renewed on PSU

The Maryland athlete comments on his recent visit to Happy Valley and where the Nittany Lions stand. Did Joe Paterno's team make his top 10?

Four-star athlete Darius Jennings out of Baltimore is one of the most intriguing players that Penn State is recruiting this season. Jennings recently released his top 10 list and among several national programs, the Nittany Lions made the list.

Jennings was in Happy Valley last week for a visit and liked what he saw of the campus.

"It was good. I got a tour and had a nice visit. I really liked what I saw," Jennings told "I had a good meeting with Coach [Larry] Johnson and sat down with a lot of the coaches to talk. It was a good visit."

Jennings said he had cooled on Penn State not too long ago since they were one of the last ones to offer him. But the visit, combined with a growing interest from the school, has renewed his interest in the program. He said that the interest is mutual and he looks forward to developing a closer relationship with the program. He likes the overall feel around the program and the facilities, and said that Penn State could be one of the five programs to get an official visit.

He also said that the fact that Penn State told him that they're taking "between 12 to 16 players in the class" meant a lot to him and that the already prestigious offer carried more weight with such a small class.

A decision won't be coming until after his senior season and Jennings said that he plans to take all five official visits.

Right now, Jennings said that a visit to Boston College late last week also really impressed him. He liked the size of the campus and the smaller student body, plus the academics offered at Boston College.

And he's getting the most intention, "by far," to stay in state.

"Maryland definitely is after me the hardest," Jennings said. "They are really trying to keep me in state and commit and start something big."

While many programs are offering him as an athlete, Jennings said he hasn't decided what position he'd want to play in college. For his senior season, he will be playing quarterback and seeing some spot duty on defense, but also will play on special teams. Jennings said that he'd feel most comfortable at wide receiver, but that the defensive side of the ball intrigues him too.

"I know I could be a really good cornerback," Jennings said. "And I'd probably have a long career there. I am up for trying that, too."

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