Gilman School’s Darius Jennings (pictured left) will not play in Wednesday’s nationally-televised Under Armour All-American game. Jennings reportedly has lingering effects from a concussion sustained in last Thursday’s Chesapeake Bowl game at Unitas Stadium, and doctors would not clear him.
Jennings is the only local performer in the contest that will be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Last week, Jennings accounted for 180 yards and a touchdown in the South’s 30-27 victory over the North in the inaugural Chesapeake Bowl contest.
Jennings, the consensus top offensive player in the area and the state’s offensive player of the year, accumulated 2,203 yards from scrimmage and accounted for 25 touchdowns for the No. 2 Greyhounds. He finished his four-year varsity career with a school-record 4,338 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns, surpassing former Gilman quarterback Ambrose Wooden’s 4,033 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns.
Jennings’ college choices are down to Ohio State University, Virginia and Wake Forest. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster projects as an athlete on the collegiate level, meaning he can play a variety of positions. Jennings will make his final visit to Wake Forest Jan. 14 and announce his decision shortly thereafter.