2019 Virginia wide receiver Ali Jennings is starting to catch the eye of many Power Five programs.
The Highland Springs (VA) High School wide receiver recently picked up an offer from West Virginia and prior to that held offers from schools such as North Carolina, Indiana and Illinois.
Could Pitt be the next Power Five school to get involved?
— Ali Jennings (@RJXIII) May 18, 2018
“Coach Sherman texts me every week and we’ve had good conversations on the phone. He actually came to our practice last Thursday and watched me workout. He told me that he really wanted to come see me practice,” said Jennings. “Afterwards, he told me that he liked me, is going to go back and watch my film and continue to evaluate me. He then said that he’s going to give me a call maybe about an offer later this month or next month.”
“Coach Sherman and I already have a connection because he used to coach my cousin at Virginia Tech so I’ve known him since I was little,” said Jennings. “Having a strong relationship with a coach is going to be huge for me because I don’t want to go to a school and barely know a coach or anybody and feel like I’m there by myself. I want to be able to have a connection with someone before I make a decision to go to a school.”
What would an offer from Pitt mean to Jennings?
“It would mean a lot because Pitt is a great program. I’m a huge Pittsburgh fan and I would love to be in Pittsburgh. I’m a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan. My favorite player was Troy Polamalu and on the current team I liked Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell, Ryan Shazier and they just drafted my guy Marcus Allen from Penn State,” said Jennings.
“I was amazed to hear that the Steelers and Pitt are so close. To be on the same practice field with the Steelers would be amazing. I would love to stay back and watch them practice and see how they work. Maybe they would even come by early and watch us practice and workout and we could get some evaluation from the Steeler coaches or players. To know that you could be evaluated all the time would be a great feeling.”
Jennings describes himself as a leader on the field, a playmaker that’s a strong route runner with good hands.
“My catch ratio is over 90% so most of the passes thrown to me I catch. I also think I’m a good blocker because growing up my coaches and my parents would tell me if I don’t block, I’m not going to get the ball so I grew up blocking and now it’s just natural.”
Jennings tells me that he’s in the process of lining up upcoming unofficial visits. Yesterday, he was named to the U-19 US National Team which will be playing in Mexico City. These games will take place during July so Jennings plans on getting out to schools during the month of June.