Rutgers received a significant recruiting blow late Sunday, when 4-star wide receiver Adonis Jennings, via 247 Sports, officially decommitted from the Scarlet Knights' 2014 recruiting class. The Timber Creek High School (Sicklerville, N.J.) standout announced his decision on Twitter.
The 6'3", 185-pound playmaker initially created a verbal pact with Rutgers in June. He ranks among New Jersey's statistical receiving leaders, with 53 catches for 883 yards and 10 touchdowns through eight games, according to MaxPreps.com.
Jennings is listed as the nation's No. 38 wide receiver recruit and the state's No. 9 overall prospect in 247Sports composite rankings.
The developments of Sunday night weren't necessarily a surprise.
Jennings has shown interest in other programs and actually spent an official visit weekend at Iowa earlier this month. He reportedly visited Pittsburgh this past weekend, per Todderick Hunt of NJ.com.
His offer sheet also includes Arizona, Clemson, Connecticut, Temple and Boston College.
Jennings' former Timber Creek teammates Myles Nash and Quanzell Lambert currently suit up for the Scarlet Knights. During a September discussion with Bleacher Report, he said their presence in Piscataway "played a big role" in his recruitment.
While his relationship with the Rutgers coaching staff has clearly eroded in recent weeks, he sounded excited in September about joining the team as it makes a leap to the Big Ten Conference in 2014.
"Rutgers really stood out to me," Jennings said in September. "It's my home state, and they're going into the Big Ten. I think I was one of their top receivers on the board, and they really liked me a lot. I really like them, and that's why I committed to them."
Since then, the relationship between one of the mid-Atlantic region's top offensive recruits and Rutgers has waned.
Rutgers fans thanks for the love & support but I have officially Decommitted from Rutgers University.— Adonis Jennings (@All_Eyes_On_18) November 11, 2013
Where will WR Adonis Jennings play college football?
According to Hunt, Jennings and the Scarlet Knights agreed last Thursday that he would not visit other schools leading up to national signing day. Days later, he was reportedly walking on Pittsburgh's campus.
Jennings is expected to spend an official visit at Pitt on Jan. 17, according to 247Sports.
Rutgers' recruiting class now stands at 24 players. 247Sports ranks it 25th nationally and No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference.
The Scarlet Knights will surely explore other pass-target options. Rutgers currently holds a commitment from 4-star wide receiver Saeed Blacknall (Englishtown, N.J.), who is the team's top-ranked 2014 recruit.