A lot has changed around the University of Wisconsin since Stafford (VA) Colonial Forge senior wide receiver Gary Jennings took his official visit to the program in October. And while Jennings still needs to build a relationship with new head coach Paul Chryst, having wide receivers coach Chris Beatty stay involved is a definite plus.
“This past week Coach Beatty just shot me a message to see how things are going,” Jennings told BadgerNation. “(He said) that they could really use me up there and things of that sort. I am still interested in Wisconsin. The bowl game was also a great win for the program considering all that has been going on.”
Chryst was hired December 17 – one week after Gary Andersen resigned to take the head coaching job at Oregon State. No official announcement has been made involving Chryst’s first staff at Wisconsin – that announcement could come at any time – but it appeared Chryst will keep several current UW assistants, including defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Beatty and cornerbacks coach Ben Strickland.
“Gary Andersen seemed like a great guy from when I met him, but it really took me by surprise to see him leave after two seasons,” said Jennings. “It hasn’t hurt Wisconsin’s chances right away. I would like to give the incoming coach a chance and see what he’s all about. I haven’t heard much about him.”
The 6-2, 190-pound Jennings – rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com - has taken a few officials visits, but has his eyes set on taking a few more and pinned down a couple destinations.
“I’m going to make that top list for sure after I take all of my officials,” said Jennings. “I’ve taken two official visits so far to Wisconsin and Notre Dame and I have two set up in January to Virginia and West Virginia. I have one open official spot. I will most likely will take my fifth official visit, but not sure where at the moment.”
The national signing period for high school seniors begins February 4.