Rutgers Commit, Adonis Jennings: An Athlete Made to Perform, A Star In The Making
Added by Heidi Torregroza on October 31, 2013.
There are two different types of athletes in the world; athletes made to play and athletes made to perform.
Adonis Jennings, wide receiver and Rutgers commit from Sicklerville, NJ, is the perfect example of an athlete designed to perform. To be a successful athlete, strictly being good at the position you play or the spot on the team you hold will not cut it. It’s building up the whole mechanics leading to what it takes to be a true athlete; that’s the key. Jennings, track and football star at Timber Creek High School has been playing his cards right from the moment he began testing his talent.
Beginning his athletic career at a young age, Jennings played as linebacker of the Lawnside Jaguars in his hometown of Sicklerville. As a young boy he was involved in basically every sport he could be in, including baseball, soccer, basketball, and track. Football, however, was always his number one interest.
Jennings middle school career proved his claim to have had little competition in elementary school to be wildly true. Still continuing to excel in his various sports, track began to stand out as one of his strong points. Winning first place at Nationals in ’05 and ’06, Jennings was virtually the fastest kid in the nation; this might explain why he’s now the 5th ranked wide receiver in New Jersey, and 136 on espn’s top 300. He considers his victory in ’06 to be his greatest accomplishment as an athlete yet.
Adonis Jennings (Photo used with permission)
Growing up, many people surrounding the star were torn on whether he was going to take his career to the next level in either track or football. Jennings, however, tells me there was never a doubt in his mind that football would be where he would find his most success.
Kicking off his high school career with starting varsity at Paul VI, Jennings had less than 20 catches and knew he could do better. Seeing other receivers around him getting offers and finding success, Jennings became more and more determined to reach his goal. Hungry for more recognition, Jennings made the decision to transfer to Timber Creek in the middle of his sophomore year, where he was to truly find himself.
Getting his head on straight starting at a new school, he began to realize the benefits of his transition. Bettering himself athletically and academically, Jennings was molding himself to be the model athlete.
To add to his already impressive college resume, he has been selected as one of 90 to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, supported by the Marine Corps, this upcoming January. What makes it even more of a great honor for him to be chosen for this is that not only do they go through the selection process by choosing the most talented football players in the country, but they choose among those with the best of character, academic performance, and leadership qualities. All assets in which Jennings shows on a daily basis to everyone surrounding him.
Jennings tells me the best game he’s participated in his career so far has been game two of this season where he had 13 catches for 288 yards, three receiving TDs and one kickoff return in a loss to Eastern. The fact that he can consider a loss his best game shows the type of character he truthfully has.
Along with his valuable appeal Jennings considers himself a leader on and off the field, always trying to better himself and his teammates. Football is such a huge part of his life, he has never considered it to be a burden on a social level.
When talking about his commitment to Rutgers, Jennings says it was far from an easy decision. However, he is happy he will be representing a school in his home state, continuing his New Jersey legacy. Having always been one of the Rutgers staffs top targets, you can easily say his commitment was highly anticipated, and the Rutgers family is happy to have him. As for the rest of the season, he plans to dominate with his team and win the state championship for Timber Creek High School, for the third year in a row.
Adonis Jennings biggest goals for the future are to succeed in college, ultimately getting his degree, possibly in criminal justice, and playing professional ball. This young man is an asset to many people’s lives, including his family, school, and teams. With the hard work and dedication he’s put in his whole life, his dreams are likely to become reality sooner than later, if not already. We at DoubleGSports are ready to witness the inevitable greatness that is to come his way.