February 18, 2010

Jennings was shocked with Ohio State offer

Baltimore (Md.) Gilman School athlete Darius Jennings already holds more than a dozen offers and the 5-foot-11, 165-pounder is quickly becoming one of the top prospects from the Atlantic East region. Jennings already holds offers from the likes of Michigan, UNC, Stanford, UVA, Illinois and Iowa to name a few but the Buckeyes have not been shy in their pursuit out of the speedy athlete.

"Coach Luke Fickell and Coach Jim Tressel came down to my school a few days before signing day and I met with them and they were really good people," Jennings said. "On Signing Day coach Fickell told me to call them and I talked with them and they sent me a scholarship offer in the mail and I received it within the last week."

Schools are still debating what position that Jennings would fit in at best and the Buckeyes have not expressed a preference as to where Jennings would project if he were to choose the Buckeyes to end the process.

"They are not really sure where I would project actually," Jennings said. "They told me that I could either play receiver or defensive back. They said they would just wait until I got onto campus to decide what would be best for me."

But what position would Jennings feel the most comfortable playing at the next level?

"I am more comfortable with offense because I feel as I can make plays with the ball in my hands but I think I have the skills to play defensive back as well," Jennings said.

Jennings has been well aware of the Buckeyes long before Ohio State started to pursue him and having a former Buckeye in his ear all the time doesn't hurt Ohio State's chances.

"It is a big one for me and coach (Stan) White, our defensive coordinator, graduated from Ohio State and went on to play for the Colts so that also helps as well," Jennings said.

Knowing about the Buckeyes is one thing but what was his reaction when it all started to come together and that offer did finally come in?

"I was kind of surprised because I didn't expect for it to be so soon," Jennings said. "When (the coaches) came down it was the first time that they had ever seen me and my tape so I guess they thought highly of me and of course I think highly of Ohio State because it is a big time program that is known for football. It was kind of shocking to me that it came so fast."

But this process will not be a fast one for Jennings with a busy schedule that includes both basketball and track and while several other Ohio State targets appear to be close to making decisions one way or the other that won't be the case for Jennings who's recruitment should take a while to culminate.

"I run track in the spring so it is going to be tough for me to get out but over spring break I am definitely going to try and get out to some spring practices and see some campuses over the summer just so I don't rule out anyone that I might be considering," Jennings said.

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