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Luginbill: Jennings has high ceiling

6/26/2013

The Scarlet Knights' latest addition, ESPN 150 wide receiver Adonis Jennings, is a rangy target with lots of upside.

What he brings: A fearless attitude to work the middle of the field. Has a nice combination of size, strength, physicality and given his size, he runs well on the outside. Has enough explosiveness to threaten after the catch and the height you want to be a factor in the red zone.

How he fits: His toughness and feel for coverage gives him value in the slot and on the outside. We like him in the short- and intermediate-range role, where he can catch and run and use his strength to extend plays.

Reminds us of: He is very similar to Florida WR signee in 2013 Marqui Hawkins, not necessarily just because of size and talent, but because both players are raw in many areas with a high ceiling for development.

History at position: With the likes of Tyquan Underwood and Kenny Britt and Muhammad Sanu, Rutgers has enjoyed recent success at the position. They have gone with the big, physical player lately, with Mark Harrison and others, but Jennings will bring some more speed.

How the class is shaping up: Rutgers at this stage has an unusually large class, with 18 commits. They have an underrated and talented quarterback in Tyler Wiegers, and of course keeping in-state kids at home is essential, which makes Jennings a big coup. Half of their class is either from New Jersey or New York. There are plenty of prospects left in state, including WR Saeed Blacknall.