Meet Virginia

Darius Jennings stops time.


The clock on the wall at the Gilman School in the athletic center conference room remains stuck on 9:30, the exact time that Jennings announced on Wednesday morning he will travel to Charlottesville to play college football. An incredible coincidence? Maybe so. Then again, we’ll find out if Jennings can make Virginia football relevant again.

The quarterback from Gilman, who will morph into a wide receiver at the University of Virginia, knows how to work a room.

“After much speculation, I’ve decided to stay another year at Gilman,” Jennings said with a million dollar smile that could be spotted on Thomas Jefferson’s campus.

Jennings entered National Signing Day on the Dean’s List of those fickle scouting reports. He’s a four-star athlete who landed in the ESPN U Top 150 and Rivals 250. That’s in the country — not just in the state of Maryland. Likely the best offensive player in the state, Jennings said his mother, father and brother all wanted him to land at UVA.

After Jennings announced his intentions to play for the Cavaliers, he wore a hat and a flag (yes, a flag) to promote one of the better academic institutions on the East Coast.

“I bought the hat last night in the freezing rain,” Jennings throughly enjoyed saying. “I got the flag about 5 minutes before the presentation. It all worked out.”

Unlike many seniors who see the dollar signs of the NFL directly in their future, Jennings seems to have a great life plan ahead of him.

“If I do play something like 10 years in the NFL, I’ll have something to fall back on,” Jennings told a large group on Wednesday about his upcoming Virginia education. “UVA can help me for the next 40-50 years.”

He’s got plenty of time to figure it out.


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