Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Clemson offer blows ESPN 150 WR's mind
By Jared Shanker
Adonis Jennings almost could not believe it. He might have been the MVP of a recent Nike football camp and rated an ESPN 150 prospect, but the Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek receiver was in more in awe about Clemson offering Monday night.
“It’s mind blowing they offered,” Jennings said. “I know the head coach is Dabo Swinney and he’s a great coach and I heard a lot about him. I’ve seen a lot of Clemson games on TV.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Jennings had several offers before Clemson came through Monday, but he said none was bigger than the one from the Tigers.
“I’d known about Clemson for a while and it’s a great feeling to know a big-caliber program like them wants me to play on their team,” Jennings said. “That offer is big.”
The Clemson coaches are already selling Jennings on the potential of playing with an elite college quarterback. Tigers commit Deshaun Watson is the No. 1 quarterback in the country and No. 13 overall in the ESPN 150. He recently reaffirmed his commitment to the Tigers, and now the Clemson staff is hoping he begins working potential receivers, beginning with Jennings.
“They want me to come down and they also want me to get up with Watson so we can link up and be down there at the same time,” Jennings said.
While a Clemson visit is in the works, Jennings most recently took a trip to Pittsburgh. It was his second time visiting the Panthers' campus. He met with head coach Paul Chryst, assistant Jim Hueber and recruiting assistant Dann Kabala while on Sunday’s visit, and all three reiterated how high Jennings is on Pitt’s recruiting board.
Likewise, Jennings is similarly high on the Panthers.
“They’re definitely in the top,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I have a complete top five, but they’d be [in the group].”
Rutgers signed four-star receiver Myles Nash in the 2013 class. Nash and Jennings were teammates at Timber Creek, and they could reunite in Piscataway.
“Definitely Rutgers,” Jennings said when asked who is up toward the top of his list with Pitt. “They were the first team to offer and it’s my home state. Definitely Rutgers and I’m not sure about the other three. It’s up in the air.”