Top Target Update: Jennings Takes First Official

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As a senior, Darius Jennings showed why he earned over 30 major FBS scholarship offers. The 6-0, 175-pound standout, Gilman’s (Baltimore, MD) starting quarterback, totaled 2,017 yards of offense including 1,592 yards rushing on 165 carries this season. He had 24 touchdowns (14 rushing, three passing and two kick-off returns). For his career, he had 4,338 yards rushing and 53 total touchdowns.

“I don’t know,” Jennings said of why he has been so successful on the high school level. “I’m just trying to go in there, give it my all. I give it 110-percent and pray for the best.”

Gilman finished with a 7-2 record in 2010. The Greyhounds defeated Maryland high school football powers DeMatha and Good Counsel — Jennings rushed for 270 yards and two touchdowns against the Stags and 154 yards and a touchdown against Good Counsel — and closed out 2010 with a 42-6 win over arch-rival McDonogh.

Jennings enjoyed had many highlights this season, but two stand out in particular.

“Definitely the last game meant a lot to me,” Jennings said. “The last game, it was senior day, so I had a lot of family and friends there. My first game (a 41-14 win over Archbishop Spalding) was special, too. The first play of the season, I returned a kick-off for a touchdown.”

That first play was certainly a sign of good things to come for Jennings, whose season performance earned him Gatorade Player of the Year honors for the state of Maryland. He has also been selected to play in two postseason all-star games, including the Chesapeake Bowl on December 30 and the Under Armour All-American Bowl on January 5. He intends to play in both.

Despite the attention he has received, Jennings stays humble. He thanks his family for keeping him grounded.

“They’ve always told me to be humble and grateful,” Jennings said. “They’ve taught me to stay hungry and keep fighting. There are guys out there better than me.”

Family has also helped Jennings “not get too stressed” in what has been an intense recruiting process. The college he chooses to attend, though, will be solely his decision. Jennings discussed what factors are most important