Scarlet Knights offer Baltimore junior

Rutgers continues to recruit Maryland hard, and recently offered a class of 2011 player from Baltimore. The player has offers from several other schools and getting interest from more than a dozen BCS schools. He rushed for more than 2,000 yards and accounted for more than 30 touchdowns in 2009. Find out who is recruiting him, and what he had to say about the type of school he wants to attend.

Darius Jennings grew up watching ACC football, so that is where his familiarity sits, but his eyes for college football is expanding quickly as schools from across the nation begin recruiting him.

Jennings, a class of 2011 run-first quarterback and defensive back from the Gilman School (Baltimore), said he recently received an offer from Rutgers.

"That happened probably the last week in October,'' Jennings said. "I have offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh, Iowa and Rutgers. I really don't have a favorite. I always like the ACC schools because it is where I grew up, but I never had a clear favorite. I watched all the teams.

"I keep in contact with a few schools. I talk with North Carolina, West Virginia, and a Boston College coach came down to watch our basketball practice. I get a lot of mail from Ole Miss and Miami and Virginia.''

At this early stage of the recruitment process, Jennings has no leaders.

"My options are really open right now,'' he said. "It's a lot, but I'm taking everything in and enjoying it. It's a lot of keeping in contact with schools, getting mail, sending out film.''

Jennings' recruitment only figures to intensify after video of his play during the 2009 season circulates. He led the Greyhounds to an 8-3 mark and played defensive back and ran the offense out of the "Wildcat'' formation.

In leading Gilman to a 34-27 upset of McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) on Saturday to win the MIAA A Conference title, Jennings ran for 252 yards and three touchdowns. He also added an interception on defense.

On the season, Jennings ran for 2,028 yards and 24 touchdowns on 215 carries, and completed 35 of 79 passes for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also scored on a kick return.

Schools are recruiting the 6-foot-0, 180-pound Jennings to play either running back or defensive back, but he has a preference.

"I would prefer to play offense in college,'' Jennings said. "I like the feel of getting the ball in my hands.''

In addition to football and basketball, Jennings also runs the 100 meter (10.9 seconds) and 200 meter (20.2) races at Gilman.

And, as a Gilman enrollee since the second grade, academics will play a large role in his decision.

"Academics are very important,'' he said. "Sports can get me into college but I need to get an education. My parents wanted to get me into Gilman early so I could get the best education around.''


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