Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Countdown to NSD: Anthony Jennings
By Gary Laney
To gear up for 2013 national signing day, GeauxTigerNation's Gary Laney will break down every commitment in the Tigers' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Quarterback Anthony Jennings, Marietta, Ga./Marietta, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds.
ESPN Grade: 83 (4-star prospect)
Committed: June 7, 2012
Picked LSU over: He had offers from Virginia Tech, West Virginia, North Carolina and Nebraska, among others
State of the position: LSU will have more numbers at the position than it has had since Ryan Perrilloux was dismissed from the team after the 2007 season, starting a stretch of years where the Tigers were always battling attrition and recruiting heartbreaks at the position. LSU finally seems to be well-stocked at the position. Starter Zach Mettenberger and a trio of veteran backups will return and be joined by Jennings and fellow 2013 recruit Hayden Rettig.
Pros: A dual threat quarterback, Jennings proved to be a pure passer over the summer when he made the finals of the Elite 11 competition. The ESPN scouting report says he is a capable runner, but looks to pass first. For a player classified as dual threat, Jennings showed an ability to read defenses and throw accurately.
Cons: While Jennings is a runner, the scouting report is that he won't necessarily be as explosive as a Cam Newton or a Johnny Manziel. Rather, he's a powerful runner with adequate speed. The scouting report notes he can be a bit robotic with his passing delivery.
Similar to/potential role: People will see "dual threat" and assume he's going to compare to some of the SEC's more elusive quarterbacks, like Manziel. They'll see he's a power runner and maybe start dreaming of Tebow. Actually, his game might be more similar to a guy Tebow backed up, former Florida quarterback Chris Leak, he was a prolific high school passer with similar size to Jennings and was a solid passer at Florida.