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.