July 20, 2010
Big visitor impressed by trip to Tech
Virginia Tech played host to a big visitor on Tuesday. The trip was the first time to Blacksburg for the Hokie target. What did he think of the visit?
"It was a good trip, it went well," Rivals250 athlete Darius Jennings said. "I went up with both of my parents, both my mother and father. It was the first time for all of us there. We got to sit down with Coach Sherman and Coach Beamer. We talked to him a bit and just toured around the campus and saw everything."
It was the first trip for Jennings to Tech, was it what he expected?
"It was kind of what I expected, it was really good," he said. "I heard good things about Virginia Tech and being up there basically proved everything.
"I got to tour the new locker rooms and the player's lounge. I went into the stadium and went to the academic buildings. I really took a lot in."
Jennings spent time with a familiar face while on the visit too.
"I met up with a friend of mine, Kyle Fuller who just enrolled there," he stated. "I got to talk to him a bit and that was a plus as well.
"We know each other from living in Baltimore and playing against him in football and running against each other in track. There were other track people down there as well. That's a plus for Tech, to go somewhere possibly where I do have friends there already. I don't think it'll play a big part in my decision. I've got to figure if it's right for me. If that is Virginia Tech and Kyle is there, they got someone I can relate to."
The No. 2 prospect in Maryland discussed his conversations with both of Tech's coaches.
"It's a plus Coach Sherman is my position coach," he said. "We just talked and he was making sure I felt comfortable and talked about the next four or five years. He mentioned that picked the right school is about more than football, but football is an important aspect. We watched some film and he showed me where I would be in the offense and return game and how he'd use my abilities.
"I liked it. They kind of said I was like Eddie Royal, that type of player. They want to put the ball in my hands in the kick and punt return game, get me in open space as a receiver and use me as a deep threat. I saw a lot of film of what they did with him at Tech. They even showed how they'd possibly use me in some wildcat packages. I could see myself fitting that role.
"As for my time with Coach Beamer, it was my first time meeting him. He's a real down-to-earth guy. He's been there for something like 24 years and that's definitely a plus, having a coach, someone I can almost guarantee will be there when I graduate. I know he's not going to go somewhere else. He'd care for me as a player and person; I wouldn't just be another number in the playbook. He said he'd make me a successful man after football."
Jennings had a good visit, what about his parents?
"They thought it was nice," he said. "I've been on a lot of trips this summer and my parents haven't been able to come to a lot. I've had to go with my coaches. It was good for them and really good for my mom. She enjoyed herself."
So, will Tech make the next cut on Jennings ever narrowing list?
"I have a top 20 right now and I'm trying to get it down to 15 by the end of this week," he said. "By the end of the summer I want to get it to a top ten. Virginia Tech definitely impressed me today and there's a good chance of them getting in that top ten. I definitely look to stay in contact with Coach Sherman more to get a better feel about Tech still.
"It's kind of hard to say if they'll make it for another trip right now. If I take a visit back to Virginia Tech it would be for an official."
The No. 19 athlete in the nation plans to take a few more trips to wrap up the summer before narrowing his list.
"I'm going to Virginia on Friday and then the first week in August I'll be visiting Penn State, Boston College, Pittsburgh and West Virginia," he stated. "I'm just trying to get a feel for the campus life at these schools, interact with the coaches and players more and see how they take care of their players in the classroom and on the field. I'm trying to get more exposure of schools so I can narrow my list down some more."
Jennings maintains that he has no favorites at this time.
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