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Seahawks Draft WVU WR Gary Jennings, Who Once Had Russell Wilson For A Basketball Coach

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.

With the No. 120 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Seattle Seahawks selected Gary Jennings, a wide receiver out of West Virginia.

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