Chance for early playing time sells Oak Park’s Enzo Jennings on Penn State

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Oak Park's Enzo Jennings checks a Detroit Cass Tech player at the Sound Mind Sound Body 7-on-7 camp on Thursday.

Grosse Pointe Woods — Oak Park four-star defensive back Enzo Jennings talked to reporters after showcasing his talent in the Sound Mind Sound Body 7-on-7 competition on a hot Thursday afternoon at Liggett High School.

Jennings announced earlier in the day his commitment to Penn State, picking the Nittany Lions over Notre Dame, Kentucky and Pittsburgh.

“I took my official last weekend, spent more one-on-one time with Coach (James) Franklin, and that’s what I wanted to do,” Jennings said about why he picked Penn State. “I built a great relationship with the position coaches.”

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“Donovan Johnson (former Detroit Cass Tech standout and Penn State redshirt sophomore cornerback) was my host. He’s kind of like me, quiet, but he’s a real cool guy. I got a chance to talk with him and I asked him why he came to Penn State. His reasons were similar to mine – have a chance to come in and play.

“When I come in they will have two seniors at safety so I could play with them, but after that for sure. I could play strong (safety), nickel, free, just all the secondary spots, and I like that a lot.”

Jennings said Franklin and Penn State safeties coach Tim Banks like his size and physical nature of his game.

“They said I’m a corner that can check, but I’m physical enough to play safety, so I’m basically a complete package, that’s what they told me,” Jennings said. “The recruiting process is finally over. It got real stressful, so it’s good.”

Penn State was on top of his list throughout the recruiting process.

“I kind of always knew Penn State was the place for me, but I took officials to feel it out and see, then I took my last official (to Penn State). I knew it felt like home,” Jennings said. “It’s just like a family atmosphere; it feels like I’ve always been there. I can’t wait to play there. Those fans are crazy.”

Jennings said he also considered Notre Dame and Kentucky, with Pittsburgh coming on late in the process.