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Jennings heading to Ferrum

JENNINGS HEADED TO FERRUM – Comet football player Terrence Jennings has decided to play football at Ferrum University next season. From left, seated, Jennings’ dad, Robert L. Jennings; Jennings, his mom, Claire Jennings. Standing, HCHS football coach Stan Hodgin. (TWM Jr. photo) / May 14, 2009
SOUTH BOSTON – Terrence Jennings will seek to take his gridiron game to Ferrum University next season.

The Comet became the fourth local football player to announce his college choice. Ferrum’s announcement came Tuesday.

Jennings, 5-9 and 230-pounds, said Ferrum was his first choice. “I liked the campus and the athletics and the football team,” said the Comet senior.

Jennings has been playing the center spot for about nine years, since Midget football, and feels comfortable at the position.

He expects an adjustment to college ball, and Ferrum has a respected small college program. Ferrum finished 7-3 last season, and 5-2 in the USA South Conference.

“It’s probably going to be more intense, more challenging, but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Jennings, who had also considered the University of Richmond.

Jennings plans an extensive off-season weight training program, working as hard as possible.

Jennings, an honorable mention all-district selection, has been a mainstay on the offensive line for the Comet program.

HCHS coach Stan Hodgin said, “I think Ferrum is a great fit for Terrence Jennings. They ask their offensive linemen to be very athletic.”

Ferrum has similar offensive philosophy to the one played at HCHS, and “if Terrence remains at center … they ask their centers to pull some.

“They’re certainly out in front on screens, just as Terrence has done here.

If he gets bumped to guard, he’ll be more involved in the trap game and the counter game, as a puller, than he was in high school.

“But I do think it’s a great fit for Terrence and I think Ferrum has gotten an awfully good prospect coming to their campus,” said Hodgin.

Four Comets from last season’s 3-7 squad are headed to college programs this fall. Place-kicker Cameron Starke moved on to spring ball at West Virginia.

Quarterback Josh Hudson is headed to Averett, and lineman Michael Puryear

will play at Emory & Henry.

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