Coach: Jennings withdraws commitment to Terps

September 21, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter

Terrence Jennings, a 6-foot-10 power forward and five-star recruit at Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C., has withdrawn his oral commitment to Maryland and wants to reopen his recruiting process, his high school coach said yesterday.

"It's a surprise to me," Mount Zion coach Tony Fozard said. "He wanted to open up his decision. It's a decision him and his father decided to do. I'm leaving it in their hands."

Fozard said Jennings still has the Terps No. 1 on his list and that he will make an official visit in October for Maryland Madness, when the Terps officially begin practice. Still, Fozard said Jennings told him he wants to look at Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis and LSU, along with other schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Jennings is ranked as the No. 5 power forward and the No. 15 player overall for the class of 2008 by Rivals.com.

"I didn't take the visits I needed to take," Jennings told the recruiting Web site. "And I just want to make sure and know I'm doing the right thing."

He had given Maryland's coaching staff a nonbinding oral commitment in early August - a promise that was shortly followed by a commitment from St. Frances standout Sean Mosley. Combined, their reputations would make Maryland's 2008 recruiting class one of the best in recent years.

"He just made a decision too early," Fozard said. "He likes [assistant] coach Chuck Driesell and everything they have to offer. He just wants to look at some other options right now. That's what he told me."

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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