The early signing period for football prospects in the Class of 2020 is upon us, and Penn State is expected to bring in a larger-than-usual class throughout the day. On the Penn State blog today, I’ll be breaking down each of the signees. Here is my scouting report on skilled defensive back prospect Enzo Jennings.
School: Oak Park (Mich.) HS
Projected position: Safety
Rating: Four stars by Rivals.com, 247sports and ESPN
Other offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, West Virginia.
Projection: On film, Jennings looks like a guy who knows what he’s doing, someone who reads the play well, has terrific technique and is comfortable enough to rely on it. As a corner, he gets on the receiver in press man coverage and stunts the route. He’s solid against the run and not afraid to stick his nose in with the bigger players. He almost looks and plays like a linebacker. He’s a good cover man, though; so good, there’s not much tape of the ball actually being thrown his way. Jennings is an interesting prospect, in the sense that it’s easy to see him as an immediate contributor at two different positions, safety and cornerback. Penn State typically starts guys like this out at corner and sees where it can take them. But his strengths, at least on film, indicate he’d fit in very well at safety, a bigger position of need, for the Lions in 2020.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT