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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PR

April 26th, 2012
2:39 pm

Vonashek’s father was hospitalized recently and recruiting has taken a back seat for now. He still loves UGA, but it’s not a priority at the moment… and it shouldn’t be. Most indications out point toward him following his teammates Green and Ramsay to Athens.

bham dawg

April 26th, 2012
2:41 pm

@Game Changer… When Murray healed did he take back the starting job from Ely even after Ely did such a good job? That’s where the conversation starts and ends. The plant coach obviously thought murray gave them the best chance to win in the playoffs or Ely would have remained the starter. Troll on

Dawg Haus

April 26th, 2012
2:42 pm

Funny, Big Crimson! Although I think Vonashek is a West Slavic surname, maybe Czech. I know Saban is of Croatian descent. Do you know if he speaks any of the language? That would be an interesting factoid about him, for sure.

bham dawg

April 26th, 2012
2:47 pm

Anybody know where Jeff Luc is wanting to trasnfer, and why he is leaving FSU.

A person SMART enough to know......

April 26th, 2012
2:50 pm

Polished in his answers to the questions and on the field. He will be a good get for any team. Do you think he would consider Ga State now that they are a FBS school?

JoeFrazier

April 26th, 2012
2:52 pm

Game Changer,
I like the kid and he seems capable and any fan saying that he will never play at Bama is just guessing. It doesn’t look like he will play now but a lot of kids go to bama as all stars and never see the field. Ely playing would probably mean that a lot of bad things were happening or a lot of good things didn’t come to pass. Either way, that’s just my take on him right now but I reserve the right to change my mind and pretend that I knew he was awesome before everyone else if he breaks out….lol

BamaBornDukie

April 26th, 2012
2:52 pm

I say watch out for Josh Dobbs out of Alpharetta High School. He actually competed at the Dallas Elite 11 Regional in March because he plays baseball at Alpharetta and they had a game at Turner Field (yes, that Turner Field) on Friday at the same time as the Atlanta Elite 11 was taking place.

The Nike Football Training Combine (NFTC) took place the next day [Saturday] after the Elite 11 and from what I understand many of the Elite 11 QBs hung around and competed. Dobbs was able to attend on Saturday and took QB MVP at the NFTC.

Also, Dobbs outperformed ALL QBs in the Rising Seniors All-Star Game in December 2011 including all the guys referenced thus far in the article and comments with the exception of Brice Ramsey who was a late opt-out of playing in the Rising Seniors Game.

Dobbs is LEGIT!

BamaBornDukie

April 26th, 2012
2:53 pm

Summary from the aforementioned Rising Seniors All-Star Game where Dobbs, Tyren Jones, and Alvin Kamara were the offensive stars of the game.

http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/26895818/34116505

Big Crimson 75

April 26th, 2012
3:00 pm

bham — Their losing Darious Cummings also.
He’s probably a bigger loss than Luc.
Luc was All-World coming outta HS.
If I’m not mistaken, He hasn’t started a Game @ FSU……. & He isn’t gonna start/play ahead of Christian Jones.
Cummings, on the other hand, could have contributed this yr.
I’m thinking Luc goes to a sub-school(or whatever the F their called) so He doesn’t have to sit out & He can stroll right on to the draft next yr.

BamaBornDukie

April 26th, 2012
3:01 pm

Correction…..NFTC stands for Nike Football Training Camp…….not “Combine”.

bham dawg

April 26th, 2012
3:03 pm

@Big C 75… yea he was all world. He was like the Reuben Foster that year. Dude is built like a mack truck. wonder what happened?

Big Crimson 75

April 26th, 2012
3:07 pm

BBD — With the trouble Saleem Rasheed currently finds himself in — I was wondering what the hell ever became of his little brother — Dawud Rasheed??!!??
He was all world, once upon a time, supposedly better than Saleem — went to Duke & what happened…….

A person SMART enough to know......

April 26th, 2012
3:08 pm

How many Stiffies does Bi Cri 75 get about a QB is the Best rating system I know. LOL

Big Crimson 75

April 26th, 2012
3:13 pm

bham — I think Christian Jones happened!!!
You find out lots about these guys when they get competition for the first time in their lives!!

Where is the dude from Adel, Ga going??
The Bama “recruit” from 2010 — never signed, therefore I don’t consider him a recruit, as some people do —
What’s his name — Eddie Brown???? I think He’s playing in Kansas @ a JC.

Big Crimson 75

April 26th, 2012
3:18 pm

Smart — fewer than you think.
QB is the most over-rated position in Football.
Look @ Bama.
Jay Barker & Greg McElroy have led the Team to the Promise Land!!
Hell, look @ UGA — Buck Belue !!!!! awful QB. Pull the tape of his days with Jax in the USFL.
Part of me wants UGA to win it all just so their is another living UGA QB beside Bucky with a ring!!
Goof was 10 times a better QB than Bucky was!!
Bank that!!!
Every UGA fans knows that is the truth!

bham dawg

April 26th, 2012
3:24 pm

@Big C 75… are you talking about Shannon Brown the LB?

bham dawg

April 26th, 2012
3:26 pm

I disagree about QB being the most over-rated position. Sure in some offenses like bamas where the load is put on the RB it isn’t as important. It is by far the most important position in most offenses.

Tdawg

April 26th, 2012
3:33 pm

Ramsey is as solid a lock as UGA has ever had. Let Saban and those poor misguided soul’s from Alabama think they have a shot at him.

Richt just offer the Jennings kid. What do you have to loose? It’s not like we don’t have the scholarship’s to offer. So we are deep at the qb position. Who’s to say that the Jennings kid won’t beat all of them for the starting qb position? The worse thing that could happen, is that after a season or two, one or two of the back ups will transfer opening up a spot or two for future recruit’s. Just listening to the kid would lead me to think that at the very least, the kid would give UGA serious consideration and wouldn’t shock me the least if he committed to UGA. I say give the kid a serious look and if he is worth it, offer him the ship. Who’s know’s, if he doesn’t work out at qb, he could be then next Rambo without the drama.

Jim Grabasski

April 26th, 2012
3:41 pm

GT recruiters……Asleep at the wheel once again.

b

April 26th, 2012
3:43 pm

Combines and drills mean little. If you watch a game live, then Gainesville’s Deshaun Watson 2014 is your man. Decision making and poise are off the charts.
Also, over 3000 yards passing, over 1000 rushing, 41 TD passes, 16 rushing TD’s and these stats don’t even do the player justice.

Dawg Haus

April 26th, 2012
3:43 pm

Jay Barker was an awesome QB for Bama. I remember him hanging around NFL rosters for a good bit but never getting his shot. I always hated that for him because you could tell he was a competitor and a good one at that.

Big Crimson 75

April 26th, 2012
3:49 pm

Haus — Barker was a solid QB. You could certainly do worse @ the position.
He was Tebow before Tebow — you know with the whole celibacy thing!!

BamaBornDukie

April 26th, 2012
4:06 pm

@Big Crimson 75….

I think Dawud was the older brother as he was at Duke when I was there. I think he was a couple years younger than me….so he probably arrived in 1995. Last I heard he was a Personal Trainer in the Fitness Industry.

Addition: Just googled Dawud and it appears that he just graduated from Pharmacy School at Mercer University. Looks like Saleem should have followed in Dawud’s footsteps.

Crimson Crush

April 26th, 2012
4:06 pm

Nice to see this “Game Changer” person actually keeps up with Tide football . I don’t agree with every last word he wrote but he is close enough to most of it that It saves typing . On QBs … the that is probably the ONE area that the Tide will have to look outside of the state of Georgia for 2013 talent :-)

bham dawg

April 26th, 2012
4:25 pm

you are kidding right crimson crush

Big Crimson 75

April 26th, 2012
4:41 pm

bham — Who do you think gets Trent tonight??
Browns – Bucs – Jets??

What about the Falcons?? I’m not against Orson Charles @ 55. Although, I thought Dwayne Allen out-played him in College. If both are available — who would you take?

I hope Akeem Dent is ready to play some big time Football.
We need him to produce, badly!!

bham dawg

April 26th, 2012
4:48 pm

for trents sake i hope the jets trade up to get him. he won’t drop past the 4th pick but i think he ends up at 3 to the browns. Obviously im partial to orson so i would love to see him get picked by the falcons but i think Dwayne is the more prototypical TE. Akeem is a baller.

Dawg Haus

April 26th, 2012
4:48 pm

The Asante Samuel deal makes drafting Brandon Boykin a less realistic possibility, but I hope he catches on with a good team.

Big Crimson 75

April 26th, 2012
4:54 pm

I like Boykin too Haus.
Actually, more than I like Orson.
Cordy Glenn is getting lots of love.

bham — I pray you are right about Dent. We have to have him play big this year. Lofa Tatupu is NOT the answer!!

bham dawg

April 26th, 2012
4:55 pm

Boykin will play in the league for a long time. His versatility will bring him a great career

Dawg Haus

April 26th, 2012
5:03 pm

How funny would it be if Glenn ends up in Cincy? They might as well change their colors to red and black with all the Dawgs playing up there.

BobDawg

April 26th, 2012
5:47 pm

Big Crimson 75… whaaaa up!!! Why are some of your “brethren” knocking B. Ramsey now even after Saban went to his school and said he was the best he had seen this year????? Just because he is solid with the Dawgs they have to tear him down now???

RHall55

April 26th, 2012
6:26 pm

The kid is good, but UGA needs OL!!! All points bulletin to Coach Gomer Friend!! UGA needs OL!! UGA needs OL!! One last time, UGA needs OL!!!

bucket

April 26th, 2012
6:45 pm

Why are some of you trying to spin it that Saban doesn’t want Brice? The following is from this paper on Feb. 8 of this year:

Alabama’s Nick Saban has his eyes on UGA’s top football recruit for 2013.

The coach of the BCS champions recently made a personal appearance to let QB Brice Ramsey of Camden County High School know that he’s a priority for the Crimson Tide.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Ramsey has been committed to UGA since last summer, since before the start of his junior year. Alabama, along with UGA, Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Notre Dame, had actually offered Ramsey as a sophomore.

Saban is aware that Ramsey is pledged to UGA but isn’t fazed.

“Coach Saban talked to me a while, and then talked to our principal for a while,” Camden County coach Jeff Herron told the AJC. “Then [Alabama] wanted Brice to call over the weekend so they could make the formal scholarship offer from the University of Alabama. I wasn’t surprised. Brice committed to Georgia and he still is committed there. But in today’s world of recruiting, that doesn’t mean other people are going to stop recruiting you.” “Coach Saban felt like Brice was an extremely good quarterback, he said he was ‘the best one he had seen so far,’” Herron said. “All the college coaches that watch Brice’s junior tape say the same thing: ‘Brice has a big-time arm. Physically, he has got all the tools.’ He’s a good kid and a smart kid. He doesn’t have any negatives that I’m aware of.”While Ramsey has never wavered on his UGA commitment, he has visited other schools just in case there are any coaching changes before he signs the paperwork in February 2013. He missed one of Alabama’s junior days because of basketball but will likely tour Alabama within the next month or so. UGA coach Mark Richt also stopped by Camden County recently to observe Ramsey’s basketball practice.

Game Changer

April 26th, 2012
7:02 pm

bucket: most of the article is what others say that Saban said, this is known as hearsay for the most part but: Saban is a master at recruiting, he knows he needed to be seen in Camden because alot of athletes are current and coming in the future. Saban does think Ramsey is very good but is not interested in him coming to Alabama, if Ramsey decommited and commited to Alabama Saban would have a heartattack. I will say this and it is so important that GA uses Ramsey in this way, unlike Murray, when you have very talented team around a QB, dont let the QB make mistakes, stats mean nothing. I believe that Ramsey give GA a quality QB with physcal ability to improve. Alabama could lose one QB to transfer, thus Saban is trying to decide who to pursue. Ramsey will be a project just like Ely, 2013 Ely should be ready. Ramsey will be a 2015 projected starter, even at GA. Murray will play 2012 and 2013, promise to Lemay or Mason for 2014, same thing with two prior QB’s and promises by Richt. The facts speak from the past what the future holds.

bucket

April 26th, 2012
8:32 pm

@ Game Changer – Unless you think Jeff Herron is a liar then that is what Saban said. I am gonna take the word of a coach on the record over what an anonymous poster thinks is going on.

krazydawg

April 26th, 2012
8:48 pm

Its only a matter of time before the barners and knoxville tell the ncaa something about bama.They are getting way to cocky.Same thing with urban i wonder how long he will be in ohio state before the ncaa comes knocking at the door.

Lakedawg

April 26th, 2012
9:21 pm

Sounds like the young man has a good perspective on things and would like to see Dawgs offer.

Hpwever. with aMurray, LeMay, Mason, Bauta, and Ramsry probably less competition elsewhere. And yes all these QB’s excepting Bauta were or will be higher rated than him.

Game Changer

April 26th, 2012
9:24 pm

Saban did not offer on his visit. Saban ask the coach to have Ramsey call so that he could possibly make a formal offer, whether Ramsey called or not I believe it to be an offer also, just not much of one. Glad to see Ramsey commit to GA and hope when 2015 season starts up that he has improved to a college level QB and makes ” positive plays “, not negative plays like current QB Murray.

Red Dawn

April 27th, 2012
5:28 am

Did anybody watch the Nick Saban and Alabama 3 hour love
fest last night on ESPN and NFL Network!!
Courtney Upshaw not being picked in the first round is
NUTS!!! He was MVP of the GREAT defense in the NC
game!! RTRi

islander

April 27th, 2012
1:00 pm

i think ramsey will end up at fls along with derek henry the yulee rb. so that would open up the qb spot.

Warner Robbins

April 27th, 2012
8:43 pm

i dont care about camps. Who is a gamer? What QB took there team farthest?

GtDawg

April 27th, 2012
9:49 pm

Look like Bama might be in the sweepstakes for a top QB since Phillip Sims is transferring. Say what, a Bama player transferring. Hey Bama Fans yall better hope McCarron dont get hurt. Yall aint got no Backup.

Crimson Crush

April 27th, 2012
11:04 pm

The Tide was already in search mode whether Sims stayed or left . While Sims transferring adds a little more emphasis to that point … it is not the prime mover of the situation . There is already one QB coming in every year the Tide recruits . Some years it already naturally becomes more of an issue than in others .

It was time to up the 2013 QB recruiting priority either way with the way graduations and potential early departures to the NFL would fall . Tide recruiting junkies already knew this but I do concede casual observers of the program might not have given it much thought . …

Crimson Crush

April 27th, 2012
11:22 pm

Joe Frazier … Ely moves into the #2 slot now and is in prime position to prove or disprove his worth .

savannadawg

April 27th, 2012
11:30 pm

Yes, Ramsey will have too Red Shirt at UGA but his arm strength is what seperates him from the others at this time. If he learns how to operate in the pro style offense of Mark Richt he will be an extremely good quarterback teetering on greatness. Time will tell.

savannadawg

April 27th, 2012
11:41 pm

Wow, didn’t know bama lost great players such as Sims. What in the quagelsquate is going on at bama? Guess QB is not the greatest position to play at bama ahh!!! I think that would be maybe Offensive ????? running back????? damn. Nick Saban has won three NC since he became a coach in the SEC. That is very good and I acknowledge it. But the guy is never happy. How come? I just wish he would make a joke that everyone gets every once and awhile.

Red Dawn

April 27th, 2012
11:41 pm

The Ely kid that will be the 2nd string QB at Alabama is TERRIBLE!!
Bama better get a good backup QB fast and I mean in a NY minute!!

Bricey's Mommy

April 28th, 2012
8:49 am

NCAA needs to put in a new rule where mommies can be on the field with their little boys. Now tuck in your shirt, sit up straight and eat your veggies. Then you can play QB Boo. bAHAHAHAHAHa

Game Changer

April 28th, 2012
3:26 pm

Where the transfer of phillip sims puts GA recruits:

Rueben Foster alabama lock
tray matthews toss up still
Ramsey georgia lock but would have opportunity to play for national championships for four years starting in 2015 to 2018 ( no formal offer extended yet to Ramsey, will Ramsey finally call Nick and check things out ) may be to late now that Nick set eyes on another 2013 GA QB
Derrick Henry toss up still