In what will be the first of four college visits this week, Gilman (Baltimore, MD) athlete Darius Jennings will trek to Penn State today. He’ll visit Pitt and West Virginia on Wednesday before flying to Boston College on Friday. Following these trips, the 5-11, 175-pound rising senior standout hopes to narrow his long list of schools to a final 10.
“This week will help me out a lot and help me choose my top 10,” said Jennings, who boasts offers from around 30 FBS programs. “A lot really depends on how these visits go.”
Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech…Jennings has been all of these places throughout the spring and summer. Virginia and Virginia Tech were the latest visit destinations, as the Maryland star checked out both schools with his family last month.
“It was my first time down at Virginia Tech,” said Jennings. “I got to talk to Coach Beamer and Coach Sherman, who has been keeping me updated with Virginia Tech. He would also be my position coach. Coach Beamer and Coach Sherman stressed how much they want me and that I would be an asset to the team.
“The visit went really well. Seeing it for myself put it in a different perspective. I really do like the school and want to learn more about it. I’m interested.”
The July trip to UVa “definitely built on the first visit. The first time was for a junior day, so probably a good 60 of us were there,” Jennings said. “This time, I could sit with Coach Moore and Coach Lazor. Coach Moore would be my position coach. They broke down tape and told me how they would get the ball in my hands. Coach London was there and I talked to him more. He said he really wanted me and I have a spot if I want it. He is down to earth and he explained what he is doing with the program.”
The Cavaliers and Hokies made positive impressions on Jennings and both programs are likely to make the initial cut.
“They are both definitely up there on my list,” Jennings said. “I’m taking the four visits [this week]. After I make those four, I’ll make my top 10. Both Virginia Tech and UVa have a good chance at making the cut. I’m not saying they definitely will, but they...
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