- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Myles Nash did not believe him at first. He thought his old teammate might be messing with him.
“He was like, ‘For real?’ ” Adonis Jennings (Erial, N.J./Timber Creek) said.
Jennings, an ESPN 300 receiver, was telling Nash, now a Rutgers linebacker, he was committing to the Scarlet Knights. Jennings committed Wednesday.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Jennings, No. 135 in the ESPN 150, was on the Scarlet Knights’ campus for three days for camps, and he left Piscataway around 1 p.m. ET Wednesday. He left as an uncommitted prospect still with just a top eight.
When he got home to south Jersey, though, Jennings gave assistant coach Darrell Wilson a call. It just so happened Wilson was in a staff meeting with the rest of the Rutgers coaches.
“They all heard at the same time and were happy,” Jennings said. “... Coach [Kyle] Flood said he was happy I’m a part of the family.”
The commitment of Jennings is a big one for the Scarlet Knights, who were close to missing out on every in-state ESPN 300 prospect for a second consecutive class. Jennings, No. 5 in the state of New Jersey, is proud he will be playing for the hometown team in 2014 when the Knights move to the Big Ten.
“Every time I go there they treat me the same,” he said. “It’s just a great place to be, and they’re moving to the Big Ten, and not why the rep the home state and go somewhere you’re wanted and where your family can see me play.”
Jennings is the highest-rated commitment in the Rutgers’ 2014 class and is the second four-star commit. Quarterback Tyler Wiegers is the other four-star pledge.