Who is the state’s best college prospect at QB?



Who is the best quarterback in the state of Georgia?

Anthony Jennings, the son of a former UGA football player, made his case this past weekend.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound quarterback from Marietta High School came out of the blue to win MVP honors at the Atlanta Elite 11 Quarterback Camp.

It was a star-studded field of quarterbacks, with 21 holding major-college scholarship offers, including UGA-bound Brice Ramsey of Camden County, UCLA commit Eddie Printz of Lassiter and Vanderbilt recruit Johnathan McCrary of Cedar Grove.

Who is the state's best QB prospect? Atlanta Elite 11 QB MVP Anthony Jennings is part of unusually deep and talented 2013 class out for Georgia (AJC)

Who is the state's best QB prospect? Atlanta Elite 11 QB MVP Anthony Jennings is part of unusually deep and talented 2013 class out for Georgia (AJC)

“Well, that’s for other people to judge and evaluate whether Anthony is the best in the state at the quarterback position,” Marietta coach Scott Burton told the AJC.

“But one man’s opinion, being [Elite 11 coach and ESPN analyst] Trent Dilfer and his staff … they would say ‘yes’ based on his performance. I will tell you this: I would not trade him for another quarterback in the state, that’s for sure.”

When Jennings won MVP honors at the prestigious camp, it sent many people scrambling for information on the wonderkid. Here are a few things to know: His father, Willie Jennings, played defensive tackle at UGA in 1990-91 with another QB from Marietta High School, Eric Zeier. Last fall, the younger Jennings tore ligaments in his right knee in the team’s first offensive series of the year in the season-opener. Yet he played through the pain “at 60 percent” and did not miss a snap.

Jennings has 16 early offers, including North Carolina, Ole Miss, West Virginia and Syracuse. He is a dual-threat quarterback who prefers to pass first, and then run.

“The college coaches that have seen his film, shown a tremendous amount of interest in him, and want to recruit Anthony … many of them didn’t even know he had a knee injury,” Burton said. “When I tell them that, they say ‘Are you kidding me? What I just saw was 60 percent of what he will be?’ And then they are even more impressed.”

After toughing it out in football, Jennings pressed halfway through the basketball season before finally undergoing surgery on Feb. 1. The night before the operation, Jennings posted 19 points and 12 rebounds against rival Walton High School.

What’s really amazing about the Elite 11 performance was that Jennings got medical clearance only 10 days before the all-star competition.

“He would probably say he’s close to 100 percent but I would disagree, based strictly on him getting back his endurance,” Burton said. “But it’s not from a lack of effort. He has attacked the rehab process to get him as close to 100 percent he could be … and he had April 20 [date of the Elite 11] circled on his calendar and was very laser-focused on that.

“For Anthony to go out and win MVP honors under those circumstances, I think it speaks volumes for his character, work ethic and, obviously, his talent.”

QB Anthony Jennings showed his toughness by playing through a knee injury suffered on the Marietta's first offensive series of the 2011 season (AJC)

QB Anthony Jennings showed his toughness by playing through a knee injury suffered on the Marietta's first offensive series of the 2011 season (AJC)

Jennings, who says he’s at “90 percent, was humbled by the surprising honor.

“Winning it was a big accomplishment because everybody doesn’t get an invite to the Elite 11 [nationals in July],” Jennings said. “You know, that’s one of the most prestigious quarterback things around right now. It’s a blessing, and I’m very thankful to be a part of it.”

How does Jennings think the MVP will affect his life? And his recruiting?

“I think it changes things, in that more people will know who I am with being one of the bigger-name quarterbacks coming out next year after winning this,” he said. “I guess it boosts my recruiting, maybe. But I can’t really speak on that yet. I feel like it boosts my confidence. Now I know I will have to work even harder to be the best in the nation in July.”

What’s the latest with colleges? It’s hard to say any QB with 16 offers by April of his junior year is “under recruited.” But that may indeed be the case with Jennings. Alabama sent assistant Lance Thompson by the school on Monday, while many other college coaches reached out to offer congratulations within the last few days. There’s a big crowd of scouts expected to attend Marietta’s spring practices, which begin May 2.

“He’s not a kid who has ever gone to a lot of camps,” Burton said. “A lot of quarterbacks, they get on the radar very early because they spend a tremendous amount of time on the camp circuit. Rather than do that, he has been on our campus working with his teammates to make our team be the best it can be. I’m not saying one way is right, and the other is wrong. It’s just a different approach to the process to not do the camp circuit as much as some other folks have.”

What about UGA? Jennings is a big fan of the Bulldogs because his father played for the team. However, he is unlikely be following in the family footsteps because UGA will likely only sign one QB for 2013. Ramsey committed to the Bulldogs last summer. “Georgia has a great program, and I could see myself fitting in there,” Jennings said. “But I know they have Brice … and it is what it is. I can’t really complain or be down about that, or really anything, because I’m very blessed to have all the offers that I do I have. I know there’s a school out there that will be the right fit for me.”

What about Georgia Tech? “I haven’t really heard from them but it’s a top ACC program that is always winning and doing things the right way,” Jennings said. “I feel like if they come into the picture with an offer, I really would look into them hard.” What about the option offense? “I think my style of QB would fit there, or with anybody.”

Along with Georgia Tech, Jennings said he would like to get evaluated by Alabama, Auburn, Texas, Clemson, Ohio State, Florida and FSU.

“I don’t really have a favorite college right now,” he said. “I’m at an early stage of the game with recruiting. I’m keeping everyone on my mind right now, and I will narrow down the schools later this spring or summer.”

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208 comments Add your comment

75tranzam

April 26th, 2012
5:14 am

Good luck to the young man!

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Bigdsel

April 26th, 2012
6:13 am

Oh well. I hope he does well. To bad UGA can’t get all of them.

Fan

April 26th, 2012
6:21 am

Sounds like a good, talented, and tough kid. I just hope he takes care of himself. Football is an amazing sport and he may well have a bright future in it, but not addressing injuries timely and properly can lead to a lot of problems later in life. Best of luck wherever you decide to play, Anthony.

TennesseeDawg

April 26th, 2012
6:45 am

He won’t be at Tech or Georgia.

Destin Dawg

April 26th, 2012
7:19 am

Best of luck.. lots of great talent in state this year.. go Dawgs !!

Crimson Crush

April 26th, 2012
7:25 am

There certainly is DD . And the 2015 National Champions have noticed :-)

RedandBlackDAWG

April 26th, 2012
7:28 am

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RedandBlackDAWG

April 26th, 2012
7:30 am

I think UGA is pretty satisfied with Brice Ramsey. I don’t see him going to either UGA or Tech.
Good luck to the young man wherever he ends up.

DIT

April 26th, 2012
7:32 am

Wow, Jennings appears to be a perfect fit AND the needed QB tech needed. Where the heck is CPJ? Here is the piece of the puzzle you need for that offense and you’re sitting at the doughnut shop.

FL Jacket

April 26th, 2012
8:41 am

DIT…

CPJ has offers to Juwaan Williams (Tucker HS), Jalen Reeves-Maybin from TN, and Troy Williams from CA. He also had an offer out to Jonathan McCrary (Ellenwood) before he committed to Vandy.

Your trolling aside, yes I hope CPJ offers Anthony Jennings as well.

G-Dawg

April 26th, 2012
8:46 am

Can he play corner back?

GFY

April 26th, 2012
8:50 am

Looks like Coach Genius is throwing spaghetti against the wall hoping something sticks at the QB position…….

Rowdy_Red_Pachyderm

April 26th, 2012
9:03 am

Brice Ramsey will flip to the Tide after yet another NC comes the Capstones way in January. Remember you heard it here first.

RTR

DIT

April 26th, 2012
9:04 am

@Fl Jacket

“Your trolling aside”????? WHAT!

Please explain to me your definition of trolling. I pointed out a fact! I’m sorry that you don’t like it. The fact is, tech is a great QB fit away from being a top team in the ACC. This guy fits the mode and your coach has not gone after him.

kingdaddy

April 26th, 2012
9:04 am

Willie
You have raised a fine son and we wish him the absolute best in life. I love good blood-line Dawgs and wonder how we missed out on this fine young man. Still wish we could shos-horn him in…

FL Jacket

April 26th, 2012
9:06 am

“Here is the piece of the puzzle you need for that offense and you’re sitting at the doughnut shop.”

DIT…Is this a fact?

DIT

April 26th, 2012
9:12 am

Fl Jacket – Did I include that sarcasm in the post I just posted? You need to understand the difference between trolling and sarcasm. If your definition of trolling is correct then you are calling everyone one here, including yourself a “troll.”
Explain to me why is it when I read your sarcasm on other posts you have made it’s not trolling, but I make a sarcastic remark and its trolling?
I’m frustrated for tech, even though I graduated from UGA. I want to see them do well, but your coach is not setting y’all up for success.

Game Changer

April 26th, 2012
9:13 am

Jennings to South Carolina, McCrary to Vandy:

GA fans will get see each players every year starting with 2013,

Printz is alot further along than Ramsey heading into college but time will tell.

Ramsey is tied for third best with Printz but could drop further as the 2012 season plays out.

Hahaha

April 26th, 2012
9:15 am

Tech doesn’t want him because he looks to pass first then run second. They want a noodle arm running back for QB.

Flo-Ri-Duh

April 26th, 2012
9:23 am

From what I have read most of the coaches at the competition thought Ramsey had the best camp and Anthony Jennings was second but Dillfer made the surprise decision to give the award to Anthony. That is what an ESPN observer wrote. Getting the knee injury that early in the season was a tough break. UGA is committed to Ramsey, who is 3 or 4 inches taller than Jennings and has a strong arm that is very accurate. Ramsey runs about a 4.7 40 and is strictly a pocket passer. With Murray having two more years, Mason redshirting and Christian LeMay a redshirt freshman, Ramsey will probably redshirt his first year. I wish UGA could take Jennings but the QB field is crowded as it is. Of course Ramsey hasn’t signed with UGA yet and Bummer and other schools are still recruiting him but I don’t see Ramsey changing his mind. Good luck Anthony wherever you choose to go.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 26th, 2012
9:24 am

Auburn will be a player in this guy. Nick doesn’t offer any QB until they come to his camp so he and the staff can see him throw. If Brice can get it done then expect Nick to turn up the heat

Unodawg

April 26th, 2012
9:26 am

@Rowdy_Red_Pachyderm

If Ramsey waits till after the NC game, it will be too late. He is enrolling early into college and therefore will already be on campus at UGA.

DawginLex

April 26th, 2012
9:28 am

Brice is all DAWG and continues to recruit players to come to Athens

He will not flip to Bama

Jennings has a DJ Shockley look to him and appears to be a good talent. If Lemay does not pan out, I could see the DAWGS stepping up and giving this kid a shot.

Unodawg

April 26th, 2012
9:31 am

Maybe UGA should pull a Saban and greyshirt the kid until he thinks his knee is 100%. That would put him in the class after Ramsey.

FL Jacket

April 26th, 2012
9:33 am

“I’m frustrated for tech, even though I graduated from UGA. I want to see them do well, but your coach is not setting y’all up for success.”

DIT…

This is the way to say it…not cracks about doughnuts and I have no idea where that came from.

I disagree about setting us up for success, I think we’re going to get a really good QB for the option…and it could very well be Anthony Jennings. When you don’t commit EVERYONE early you find guys like this who are either late-bloomers or had Junior year injuries.

BigTimeTechFan

April 26th, 2012
9:44 am

For every Anthony Jennings, there are 100’s of other players that will come on the seen their senior year. Why I’m not worried about Tech only having one commit at this point. I remember my HS team we had one player who was All-American recruited by all the big schools before his senior year, but the second best player as a senior was 3rd team as a junior in HS, ones he got on the field as a senior he was a beast and by end of senior year had plenty of offers.

Brice Ramsey did pretty good at the camp, will end up being about the 11th to15th best QB in the state next year. very nice player.

Charles

April 26th, 2012
9:53 am

Sounds like a great kid. Hope he does well. UGA is committed to Ramsey, as they should be, as he has by far the highest ceiling of any QB in the state this year.

JB

April 26th, 2012
9:56 am

Pass and run……And where is Johnson, at a fish fry?

DawginLex

April 26th, 2012
9:58 am

Ramsey is better for UGA’s offense

Lemay appears to not be “getting it”.

Could open the door for Jennings if he is willing to wait on Lemay to transfer

Game Changer

April 26th, 2012
10:03 am

Charles, Ramsey had a poor outing in the camp. No matter how it is spun, did really bad and was very slow. Will his mother move to Athens and continue to hold his hand, at this time, alot of questions surround this young man Ramsey from all sides. Ramsey is projected at needing at least two full years in college before being possibly ready.

RTR22

April 26th, 2012
10:04 am

Maybe MC can do an article Friday on the NFL Draft 2012 aka the Nick Saban Show. This is ALABAMA FB and this is how we DEVELOP talented kids that buy in and put team first.

RTR22

April 26th, 2012
10:09 am

Anyone want to put a number on how mant times the ESPN Draft pundits will say the word ALABAMA/CNS tonight. I am thinking 75 lol….. I bet Robert Nkemdiche is watching, and those few other Jawja targets are taking notice.

Terry

April 26th, 2012
10:23 am

Just because a QB win’s MVP at one event, does not make him the best QB, lets wait till the Finals, before giving that honor to Jennings. This was just the second of six stops this spring, to soon to be crowning one player the best.

Terry

April 26th, 2012
10:31 am

Game Changer

April 26th, 2012
10:03 am
Charles, Ramsey had a poor outing in the camp. No matter how it is spun, did really bad and was very slow.
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According to the experts which you are not one Ramsey had a good enough outing that he made the final group and has really come into his own during the second half of the day in what is a bit of a new environment for him.
“It was loaded with a whole bunch of talent,” Ramsey said. “It’s a different setting than most (camps) I’ve been to before. It was a lot of fun to see what was out there and see other people out here to compete against and get a feel for everyone.”
As one of only a handful of guys at the event that has made a pledge to a school already, Ramsey may have had a target on his back from other quarterbacks but was calm and collected once he got into a rhythm. He was on the money with his deep throws and hit several receivers in stride when working the middle of the field on a day that could have easily been spent working out at his own high school.
“I felt relaxed because I don’t really have anything to worry about,” he said. “I’ve got the scholarships and stuff but I’m just out here competing,” Ramsey said. “I don’t have to be here to be honest with you but I love to compete and wanted to come out.”

DawginLex

April 26th, 2012
10:31 am

Game changer

your comment on bill King’s blog about our new S&C coach was a lowlife scumbag comment

you should be ashamed

FL Jacket

April 26th, 2012
10:32 am

“This is ALABAMA FB and this is how we DEVELOP talented kids that buy in and put team first.”

RTR22…

Calm down. Yes, great job by CNS and his staff in finding recruits with very high ceilings…and giving them great coaching. But going to Alabama doesn’t mean you’ll have a greater chance of going to the NFL.

What it does mean is that Alabama recently has recruited a bunch of kids that likely would have been drafted by the NFL anyway. Any current HS recruit who thinks they can get to the NFL via Bama and not put in the work will not make the NFL.

Terry

April 26th, 2012
10:35 am

Game Changer, Vanderbilt commit Johnathon McCrary did not have a great day. He’s certainly athletic with a great frame and could probably play wide out if needed but he didn’t have a great day as a QB. His footwork and mechanics need work and more than anything the ball just didn’t jump out of his hand. There were plenty of times that he flashed his talent but it just didn’t seem like he was in to competing with the best guys.

1eyedJack

April 26th, 2012
10:37 am

You can have all the physical tools and all the athletic ability in the world and it won’t make for a great QB. History is strewn with the failures of the likes of those. It’s what’s between the kids ears and in his chest that will make him a great QB.

UGA Lee

April 26th, 2012
10:37 am

“They won two national championship in the last three years,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. “Nick [Saban] has done a great job in terms of recruiting and coaching these guys properly and motivating them properly.”

“For [Saban], it’s just tremendous recruiting and outstanding coaching,” Kiper said. “There are a lot of guys who are heavily recruited and don’t pan out. In Alabama, you don’t see many of these guys fall by the wayside. Most of these guys, Nick and his coaching staff, once they get their hands on them, they work with them. These guys turn out to be real good players.”

Terry

April 26th, 2012
10:41 am

Rowdy_Red_Pachyderm

April 26th, 2012
9:03 am
Brice Ramsey will flip to the Tide after yet another NC comes the Capstones way in January. Remember you heard it here first.

RTR
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Ramsey hooked up often with Tyrone (Ga.) wide receiver Demarre Kitt, a 2014 Georgia commit. The Bulldogs have been rolling on the recruiting trail with Kitt’s recent pledge a sign of how well the program has been doing and Ramsey is doing his part as a recruiter to get another ‘dream team’ recruiting class to Athens.
“We’re trying to pick up some big timers,” he said. “If we could just get the in-state people to stay we’ll be alright. They being stubborn though. I’m working on Reuben (Foster) but he’s out there in Alabama so I guess he’s solid I guess. Laremy Tunsil and Montravious Adams are the two big names right now that we’re trying to get.”

GTBob

April 26th, 2012
10:43 am

Wow, Jennings appears to be a perfect fit AND the needed QB tech needed. Where the heck is CPJ?

We will have three QB’s to start this season and we are only losing one of them. We will be redshirting two other talented QB’s. We are already recruiting a couple more as well. Not to mention there are a few other guys on the roster who could move to QB if needed. How many do you think we need?

Terry

April 26th, 2012
10:51 am

GTBob, After reading Questions and answers from Ga. Tech’s spring practice, I would say y’all are still having trouble at QB, so the talented at QB remains a question mark.

Game Changer

April 26th, 2012
10:53 am

@ Terry: I agree with you that McCrary struggled also, Ramsey did not do well at all and the best spin is he improved quite a bit on the second day, I agree he improved but in no way was close to impressive by any stretch of the imagination. Dont wish bad on anyone playing at high school level, just wish that Ramsey could show something of substance, he has the hieght and body to do good, he has not progressed over time as he should. He needs to quit wasting time on recruiting for GA and focus on himself. Has alot of issues as a QB currently, possesses ability yes but not near ready for college.

Dawginlex The fact that John Kasey was forced out by McGarity and replaced by a person surrounded with questions concerning sexual child assault is unthinkable and unacceptable.

GTBob

April 26th, 2012
10:56 am

GTBob, After reading Questions and answers from Ga. Tech’s spring practice, I would say y’all are still having trouble at QB, so the talented at QB remains a question mark.

The problem isn’t with talent. Nobody questions Vad Lee’s talent. The problem is with learning the system. Vad is a a redshirt freshman trying to beat out a redshirt senior. That is going to take more then talent.

DawginLex

April 26th, 2012
10:57 am

Kasay decided on his own to leave

The Penn state guy had nothing to do with Sandusky

Don’t justify your idiotic comment with another lie

You don’t know what you are talking about

Just another moron bashing UGA with baseless crapola

DawginLex

April 26th, 2012
10:59 am

I question Vad Lee’s talent and Christian Lemay’s talent because both are from NC where the high school football is not that great.

Ketih Marshall may hopefully be the exception.

Lee or Lemay have done nothing to warrant their high rankings coming out of high school. Lee can’t beat out Washington who can’t pass and Lemay is behind a walk on.

bham dawg

April 26th, 2012
11:01 am

wasn’t russell sheppard the elite 11 champion? just saying. these camps don’t always find the best talent.

Terry

April 26th, 2012
11:07 am

Game Changer, If Ramsey had did as poor as you stated, he would not have been chosen as a finalist out of 86 signal-callers, If any one did poor it was McCrary thats why he wasn’t one of the seven finalist.
The final group was Jackson (Miss.) quarterback Ryan Buchanan, Metairie (La.) quarterback Damian Williams, Plantation (Fla.) quarterback Tyler Cogswell, Brentwood (Tenn.) quarterback Max Staver, Ferguson, Ramsey and Jennings.

bham dawg

April 26th, 2012
11:08 am

@Game Changer… Quote from dilfer “Ramsey possessed by far the best arm in the camp. He was the only one that consistently hit the deep out route. This is the hardest throw to make and he was consistently hitting the reciever with velocity. All the other qbs were coming up short or sailing the ball over the reciever. He obviously has chemistry with Demarre Kitt and those two will be special to watch together.”