Three Programs On Jennings Hard

Darius Jennings, an athlete athlete from Maryland, has trimmed his list -- but also says that three programs on that list are recruiting him the hardest...

Darius Jennings, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound four-star athlete (wide receiver/cornerback/quarterback) from Gilman High School in Baltimore, Md., says he's narrowed his list to 10 schools which include UCLA, Ohio State, Boston College, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. All 10 have offered.

"Right now I'm just staying focused on the schools that have offered me and I'm just trying to get closer to a decision," Jennings said. "No one team is in the lead right now and before September hits I want to get my list down to six to eight schools and just let the whole recruitment process die down a bit and focus on my season. After it ends I'll pick it back up again."

Out of the 10 schools, Jennings said UCLA, Maryland and Virginia Tech are all recruiting him the hardest.

"All the schools are definitely going after me, but those three in particular are after me the hardest," he said.

This summer Jennings did not take in any camps but was busy hitting the road for unofficial visits.

"I got out to visit Maryland, Wake Forest, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, UConn, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia and Boston College," Jennings said. "I was at each school for about a day or so and toured the campuses, talked with the coaches and got a better feel for each program. Those trips really helped me narrow down my list." With no timetable to make a decision, Jennings said he wants to continue to take his time with the recruitment process.

"I don't know when I'll end up committing to a school," he said. "I could wait until signing day or just whenever it feels right for me."

And there are several reasons that will ultimately help lead Jennings in the direction of committing to one school over the other.

"Right now, education is first and foremost," he said. "It's always been a big thing for me. Football ends for everyone who plays it someday and I know I'm going to need my degree. Other things that are important in making a decision are how I feel around the coaches and players, and the vibe and overall comfort level I get for both myself and my family. Playing time is also important, as it is for most recruits. I know I want to get on the field early and show what I can do and put my talents on display."

"These 10 schools give me the best chance for what I want to be successful in the classroom and on the field," Jennings said.

Though he has no official visits planned, Jennings said he knows one school that he wants to visit.

"I want to take an official visit to UCLA because out of the 10 schools on my list, I haven't visited them because they are on the West Coast," he said.

A multi-dimensional player on the field, Jennings has several options at which position he'll end up playing in college.

"UCLA is recruiting me at cornerback. Ohio State wants me at cornerback. Boston College at wide receiver. Uconn at wide receiver. Pitt is giving me the option but prefers me at wide receiver. Penn State might want me to play both cornerback and wide receiver. Maryland has stressed they want me at wide receiver. Virginia is giving me the option to play both positions. Virginia Tech wants me at wide receiver and Wake Forest possibly wants me to play quarterback, but most likely I'd play at wide receiver there," he said.

"I play quarterback in the wildcat offense we run at my high school right now," he said. "But I'm not sure what position I want to play in college. I'm more familiar with offense, but I could see myself playing DB, and coaches say I'd be a bit taller of a DB. Plus, that position offers a longer career, but I'm just not sure how it will all work out in the end."

Jennings will play in his first game of the 2010 season on Aug. 27 when Gilman takes on Spalding High School on the road.

Jennings reports a 3.0 GPA and an 1120 on the SAT. "I'm not sure if I'm going to take [the SAT] again. I doubt it," he said.

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