Though Darius Jennings is being recruited as a receiver, and the fact that he plays quarterback for Gilman, the 5-11, 175-pound four-star prospect that he could handle the workload of a bruising running back. Jennings ran the ball 30 times on Saturday night against DeMatha, for his 289 yards. He scored on touchdown runs of 3 and 25. Gilman had a game plan to possess the ball for as much as possible, as Jennings executed it.
"He's a special player," Gilman head coach Biff Poggi said. "He's the best player I've ever coached, and I've coached some really good kids. However, it's about team, it's about faith, and I'm really proud of all of those kids."
Poggi, who lettered at Pitt in 1979, wouldn't discount Jennings as a running back at the next level.
"He could be (a running back)," Poggi said. "He's awful special, as far as straight, breakaway speed."
Jennings added that Pitt is one of the schools who opened up the option of him playing running back at the next level.
"Actually, Pitt said I might be able to play running back," Jenning said. "But, they want me (first) as a receiver. Some schools have said a hybrid--a receiver, running back type. It's strictly a receiver or DB for most schools."
As for recruiting, Jennings still has his top ten--Pittsburgh, Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. That top ten stays intact, as he is not ready to either make a decision, or trim the list.
"I did want to cut it down before September 1, but it just didn't happen that way," Jennings said. "Now, I think I'm just going to let it sit until after the season. It's not too big of a distraction."
Pitt receivers coach Scott Turner, was in to visit Jennings at his school this past week, as Pitt was on its bye week.
"Actually, I saw Coach Turner earlier this week," Jennings said. "He stopped by the school quickly. I shook his hand, had a few words, and that was about it. He just talked about how much they still want me, and how much they're still very interested."