Maryland WR Will Travel the Country

Darius Jennings, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound four-star athlete from Gilman High School in Baltimore, Md., has a very busy summer planned. He's literally going to travel the entire country checking out schools that have offered him a scholarship...

Darius Jennings, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound four-star athlete (wide receiver/cornerback/quarterback) from Gilman High School in Baltimore, Md., has a very busy summer planned.

"I'm planning a big trip this summer with my coach," Jennings said. "We're gonna go through the southeast and go to Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and then probably go south to schools like Georgia and Georgia Tech."

Besides the road trip he is planning with his coach, he says he'll also visit a few schools with his parents as well. "We plan on going up north and hit up Boston College, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and maybe even Ohio State."

Jenning says all of those schools have offered him as well as Wisconsin, UCLA, Cincinnati, Oregon, Stanford, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Iowa, West Virginia and a few others.

He says that Miami and Notre Dame are also recruiting him, but neither have offered yet. "I'm not sure where I stand with them," he said.

Although Jennings still denies any favorites, he says the four schools that are recruiting him the hardest are Maryland, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Boston College. "Those guys send the most mail and I get lots of emails from them too," he said.

Jennings has already visited Maryland and Virginia.

"Virginia is very nice," he said. "I was there during their spring break so it was pretty quiet, but I still liked it. The campus is great and I got to tour all the facilities and the stadium. It's all very good…it has a nice old school feel to it."

Maryland is only about 45 minutes from Jennings' home. "I don't think the distance is gonna be a big issue," he said.

"I really like (offensive coordinator) coach James Franklin," he said. "He's doing a good job. I know they had a bad year last year, but they're putting together a good class and I think they'll turn it around."

Another ACC school on Jennings' list is Georgia Tech. "I like (A-backs) coach Lamar Owens," he said. "He was at my school today (May 25) and said they'd definitely get the ball in my hands.

"At first they were recruiting me for quarterback, but now they are talking about A-back," he said.

Although Jennings is ranked as the No. 14 quarterback in the country by, he says most programs are recruiting him as an athlete. "It's mostly corner or receiver," he said.

While he says he likely won't be able to visit them this summer, Jennings says he hasn't written off any of the West Coast schools that have offered him (like UCLA, Stanford and Oregon). "I've never been out there," he said. "The farthest west I've been was to Denver. I really want to go.

"I actually played against (UCLA) coach Rick Neuheisel's son when he (Neuheisel) was coaching for the Ravens," he said.

"And I love the spread that Oregon runs," he said. "I love that offense.

"And Stanford has great academics," he said. "They all have something."

Jennings says he doesn't plan on making an early decision. "I doubt I'll commit early," he said. "It's a big decision.

"Education is number one," he said. "I want to bond with the coaches and teammates and get a good vibe from them. I want to see the field early too. I don't want to have to wait until I'm a junior or senior to play."

Jennings reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1120 two-part SAT, which he still plans to retake.

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