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The Seahawks picked West Virginia receiver Gary Jennings in the

fourth round of the 2019 draft, the second receiver Seattle has

drafted this week along with Mississippi’s D.K. Metcalf, a second-

round pick.

And in a strange twist of fate, Jennings will catch passes in the NFL

from a quarterback who once coached his YMCA basketball team.

When Russell Wilson was a star athlete at Collegiate School in

Richmond, Virginia, he helped his father coach a YMCA basketball

team, and one of the grade-school age players on that team was a

young Gary Jennings. Fast forward more than a decade when

Jennings heard his name called in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL

Draft, and he’ll come to Seattle to be teammates with Wilson,

whose younger sister Anna—now a guard at Stanford—also played

in the same youth basketball program.

“I went to Collegiate K-8, and he was in high school at the time,”

Jennings said on a conference call. “It was a K-12 school. Growing

up in that school, I used to see him play quarterback. He was an

amazing quarterback back in the day, too. I saw him run back and

forth across the field, and someone was always wide open. They

won state basically every year he was there. I also played youth

basketball with his sister as well, Anna Wilson.”

Jennings, who is 6-foot-1, 216 pounds, ranks sixth in Mountaineers

history with 2,294 career receiving yards and seventh with 168

receptions. Last season he had 54 catches for 917 yards and 13

touchdowns. As a junior, Jennings had 97 catches for 1,096

receiving yards and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors.

Jennings also served as West Virginia’s punt returner as a

freshman and sophomore.

The Seahawks picked West Virginia receiver Gary Jennings in the

fourth round of the 2019 draft, the second receiver Seattle has

drafted this week along with Mississippi’s D.K. Metcalf, a second-

round pick.

And in a strange twist of fate, Jennings will catch passes in the NFL

from a quarterback who once coached his YMCA basketball team.

When Russell Wilson was a star athlete at Collegiate School in

Richmond, Virginia, he helped his father coach a YMCA basketball

team, and one of the grade-school age players on that team was a

young Gary Jennings. Fast forward more than a decade when

Jennings heard his name called in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL

Draft, and he’ll come to Seattle to be teammates with Wilson,

whose younger sister Anna—now a guard at Stanford—also played

in the same youth basketball program.

“I went to Collegiate K-8, and he was in high school at the time,”

Jennings said on a conference call. “It was a K-12 school. Growing

up in that school, I used to see him play quarterback. He was an

amazing quarterback back in the day, too. I saw him run back and

forth across the field, and someone was always wide open. They

won state basically every year he was there. I also played youth

basketball with his sister as well, Anna Wilson.”

Jennings, who is 6-foot-1, 216 pounds, ranks sixth in Mountaineers

history with 2,294 career receiving yards and seventh with 168

receptions. Last season he had 54 catches for 917 yards and 13

touchdowns. As a junior, Jennings had 97 catches for 1,096

receiving yards and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors.

Jennings also served as West Virginia’s punt returner as a

freshman and sophomore.

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