QB Anthony Jennings: LSU gets son of ex-UGA player

One of Georgia’s top quarterbacks committed to LSU on Thursday.

Anthony Jennings, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Marietta High School, picked LSU out of his final list of 10 schools, which also included Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Oregon, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Jennings, whose father Willie Jennings played defensive line for UGA, released a statement about his decision:

QB Anthony Jennings with LSU's Les Miles (Note: Photo is courtesy of Jennings family. Photo was not owned, arranged, distributed or publicized by LSU)

QB Anthony Jennings with LSU's Les Miles (Note: Photo is courtesy of Jennings family. Photo was not owned, arranged, distributed or publicized by LSU)

“I am very fortunate to be in the position I’m currently in, and I realize that I did not arrive at this point by myself. First and foremost, I want to thank my family for their constant love and support. I’d also like to thank all of my teammates and coaches as well as the teachers and administrative staff at Marietta High School. Special thanks also goes out to the entire Marietta community which is always so supportive of our program. Playing football at Marietta is special.

“The recruiting process has been very interesting. I’ve had the chance to meet many coaches from some of the top college football programs in America. I’d like to say thank you to all the universities that expressed an interest in me throughout the recruiting process. To have so many great programs across the country interested in me was a very humbling experience. I definitely want to express my sincere appreciation for those programs and wish them nothing but the best in the future.

“After a very thorough evaluation process including a lot of thought and prayer, I’m extremely proud to accept a scholarship offer from LSU. With this decision, I get to live out a dream of mine to play in the best conference in America, the SEC. LSU is a perennial powerhouse in college football and I’m looking forward to helping the Tigers continue to be in the National Championship hunt year in and year out. I’m looking forward to earning the respect of my future teammates at LSU and to play for a coach like Les Miles, someone who has won a National Championship in the past and knows how to get his players to perform at their very best. I’m also very excited to be coached and mentored by Steve Kragthorpe. As my position coach, we have already developed a great relationship and I know that will only get stronger in the future.

“Though I’m excited about my future at LSU, 100% of my focus and attention is on my teammates at Marietta. There is much work to be done to get ready for the 2012 season and I am committed to making myself and our team at Marietta better each and every day. We are truly a family and we are all committed to attacking the 2012 season together to represent Marietta the best way possible. My time as a LSU Tiger will be here soon enough, but I am today, and will be forever, a Marietta Blue Devil.”

Jennings was one of the country’s most-heavily recruited quarterbacks with 39 scholarship offers. Jennings and UGA did not have much contact because the Bulldogs already had a QB commitment from Camden County’s Brice Ramsey.

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223 comments Add your comment

Dewnsav

June 7th, 2012
7:28 pm

congrats Mr. Jennings…

Boss

June 7th, 2012
7:30 pm

He’s gonna regret not rolling with the Tide! RTR

DucksFan4Life

June 7th, 2012
7:36 pm

Best of luck in Death Valley Anthony! Judging by your statement, your parents have done an exceptional job in raising you. Please take the time to watch some old Dennis Dixon highlights, you had a chance to be the second coming! Gottat alway ride with my Ducks! All the best @ LSU except against the Dawgs and my Ducks. Continue to make your community, family and school proud of your accpmplishments on the field and, most importantly, in the classroom.

Leroy

June 7th, 2012
7:39 pm

LSU is a fine choice, but Bama was the RIGHT choice. Roll Tide.

Wonder when tide roll will show up

June 7th, 2012
7:40 pm

lambasting the Dogs for not signing this kid, and be very upset at UGA not getting him. How many on here think TR will express any regrets at Bama missing on him? Strange behavior for a “Bama” fan (using the term loosely of course).

Sounds like a good kid as well as a good prospect for the Tigers.

Brett

June 7th, 2012
7:42 pm

Nobody, I mean NOBODY … turns down Nick Saban

Jacket Man

June 7th, 2012
7:54 pm

Very articulate, well spoken, young man. Very impressive statistics, but more impressed with everything else about how he handled his recruitment, his decision, his announcement, and how he intends to continue to work with his current team. Congratulations to Anthonthy, his family, and LSU.

GtDawg

June 7th, 2012
7:55 pm

Didn’t LSU get their “QB of the Future” last month. Dont know who but somebody gonna be transfering a couple years from now. Welp, congrats.

GtDawg

June 7th, 2012
7:56 pm

did anybody commit to Bama today?

Geaux

June 7th, 2012
8:02 pm

LSU has also landed the Rivals #4 prostyle QB Hayden Rettig (California). Hayden is well aware that LSU was also going to sign a dual threat QB. This is shaping up to be a really strong QB class for LSU.

Leroy

June 7th, 2012
8:04 pm

Nobody committed to Bama today…but after we land Nkemadeche, we’re gonna be holding crystal balls for decades. Roll Tide!

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

June 7th, 2012
8:05 pm

Ole Miss and Miss State?

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

June 7th, 2012
8:06 pm

Ole Miss & Miss State sound ODD in that list.

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

June 7th, 2012
8:19 pm

KOOL………Baby Daddy DNA choice #3 when they were on “Maury”. LOL juat kidding but it is odd the dad’s name was not in the article.

Bamalama

June 7th, 2012
8:27 pm

Congratulations to him. LSU, Bama and UGA will all finish with Top 5 classes yet again. Let’s see who gets the most out of theirs.

WHAT's HIS DAD's NAME??

June 7th, 2012
8:29 pm

Does anyone proof read ajc articles or blogs? Is his Dad Tim Jennings? Did Tim have this kid at the age of 10? Or is it another Jennings that played for the Dawgs? Good Grief.

wreckmaniac

June 7th, 2012
8:30 pm

I know. I know. “Richt didn’t want him” or ” He just wasn’t our kind of guy” or ” He couldn’t handle UGA’s rigorous academic requirements” or ” We’re super-deep at that position” or …..or……or…
Snooze……

wreckmaniac

June 7th, 2012
8:31 pm

I think at least 66 % of the top recruits leave this state.

NCDawg

June 7th, 2012
8:36 pm

66%? Really? Maybe overall but there are only two FBS schools in the state and GA is one of the top five in the country for producing FBS quality players so it makes sense that a lot leave.

NCDawg

June 7th, 2012
8:40 pm

Congrats Jennings! Work hard and make the state of GA proud!

kerryb

June 7th, 2012
8:50 pm

Leroy
June 7th, 2012
8:04 pm

Nobody committed to Bama today…but after we land Nkemadeche, we’re gonna be holding crystal balls for decades. Roll Tide!

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From what I hear of this prima donna you can have him. He’s ALL about himself. He’s a great player, just ask him.

kerryb

June 7th, 2012
8:51 pm

wreckmaniac
June 7th, 2012
8:30 pm

I know. I know. “Richt didn’t want him” or ” He just wasn’t our kind of guy” or ” He couldn’t handle UGA’s rigorous academic requirements” or ” We’re super-deep at that position” or …..or……or…
Snooze……

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You ever notice how no top QB prospects want to go to GT?

Dawg Haus

June 7th, 2012
8:52 pm

Congrats, Anthony! Best of luck over there.

kerryb

June 7th, 2012
8:55 pm

Is he Jonas Jennings son that played OL in 1997-2000 is he?

Keno

June 7th, 2012
8:56 pm

I am a HUGE LSU fan and love it when we get out of state talent. However, I do not know why Richt did not go after him. I have seen the Camden County kid and he is definitely not all that. Richt had better get another QB as insurance…

oldschooldog

June 7th, 2012
8:56 pm

What’s his dad’s name?

the Truth about Jennings

June 7th, 2012
8:56 pm

Anthony is a wonderful young man. His father, Willie Jennings, played at UGA with Eric Zeier. After a redshirt year, with Mett gone, he can compete for a starting job and will be the only dual threat QB on the roster, unless they sign one in 2014. I think his final group would have included Alabama, Oregon and Missouri. But LSU is a good spot for him and Coach Miles will treat him well. He’s already got a remarkable QB coach with his high school coach, Scott Burton.

kerryb

June 7th, 2012
8:57 pm

kerryb
June 7th, 2012
8:55 pm

Is he Jonas Jennings son that played OL in 1997-2000 is he?

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Didn’t mean to put the last “is he” on there.

kerryb

June 7th, 2012
9:04 pm

Keno
June 7th, 2012
8:56 pm

I am a HUGE LSU fan and love it when we get out of state talent. However, I do not know why Richt did not go after him. I have seen the Camden County kid and he is definitely not all that. Richt had better get another QB as insurance…

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Do you live in Camden County and seen Ramsey in person? Probably not. It’s funny how guys come on here and make comments like that. Ramsey must be something if he had Saban and Urban Meyer knocking on his door even though he was committed. ESPN has Ramsey #103 in the new ESPN 150. Jennings is not even ranked in the top 150 and that’s people who scout them for a living not someone in his den typing on a computer.

UGA98

June 7th, 2012
9:06 pm

Why would you reference a former player in the headline with no mention of who he was/is in the body of the article? Booooo!

kerryb

June 7th, 2012
9:07 pm

Good luck to him. He apparently didn’t fit into Richt and Bobo’s plans. They tend to look more at Pro Style QB’s. He’s a former Dawgs son so I hope he does well.

Game Changer

June 7th, 2012
9:08 pm

Great choice, LSU is the right place for AJ to utilize his talents. Congratulations

UGA98

June 7th, 2012
9:08 pm

Kerry – I haven’t seen either play, but I’ll go out on a limb here and say that Richt has a pretty good eye for quarterbacks.

UGA98

June 7th, 2012
9:09 pm

My apologies Kerry, my last post was directed at Keno…

Brown Dog

June 7th, 2012
9:09 pm

Congrats. Was hoping he would be the second quarterback in UA’s class. Alabama, which already has Bateman, likely knows who that will be.

kerryb

June 7th, 2012
9:10 pm

We might have our gripes about Bobo and his offensive game plans but you’ve got to give him credit. Bobo and Richt are two of the best QB coaches in college football.

bsg3003

June 7th, 2012
9:14 pm

After signing day, how many QB’s will UGA have on Roster? like five or six right? We are beyond loaded at QB. So anyone faulting the dawgs for not recruiting this guy is an idiot of the highest caliber.

Rick James

June 7th, 2012
9:17 pm

Best of luck..

Jennings and Brice Ramsey

June 7th, 2012
9:23 pm

As a Georgia fan I would have loved to have seen Jennings, a solid student and great athlete/QB, go to Athens. But he will tell you quickly that everyone at Georgia, including CMR, are class acts who treated him extremely well. But anyone who has ever seen Brice Ramsey knows he has phenomenal potential and is a both outstanding prospect and great young man as well, for Camden County. I know Anthony respects Brice very much. So good luck to both of them. Hope they get to play against each other one day.

bitter//dawgs insider

June 7th, 2012
9:29 pm

@person so yellow——————what is your thought process——retard

———good luck new tiger

Ringleader

June 7th, 2012
9:33 pm

SouthGaBrave

June 7th, 2012
9:33 pm

Keno,

Well that QB that’s “not all that” had invites to the Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All American Game, and chose to play in the Under Armour one today. I’ll take the word of the folks who evaluate talent for a living…

kerryb

June 7th, 2012
9:37 pm

Georgia doesn’t really need another QB until the 2015 class. Richt has set it up where he will not have to rely on a Freshman or RFreshman at QB for the next 7 years. After Murray will be Mason’s 1 year, LeMay will start as a Junior and Senior the Ramsey as a Junior and Senior. We will have a QB each year that will have been in Georgia’s system for 3 years before starting. That’s how you build a dynasty.

DawgNole

June 7th, 2012
9:41 pm

Maybe if we keep asking for a couple of days who his dad is, someone will let us know.

Bryan G.

June 7th, 2012
9:42 pm

Boy, great article…didn’t even say who his dad is

kerryb

June 7th, 2012
9:42 pm

Ringleader
June 7th, 2012
9:33 pm

Dad is Tim

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I think someone posted earlier that his Dad is Willie Jennings that played in the early 90’s with ERic Zier

Dawg1

June 7th, 2012
9:44 pm

Two QB’S on LSU’S Roster at the same time…

Good luck young man…

It's Willie Jennings, once and for all

June 7th, 2012
9:49 pm

His dad is Willie Jennings, a lineman for UGA from Banneker, who played with Zeier in the early 1990’s. His dad is a fine father who is very supportive of his son. And his mom is incredible.

Jack Handy

June 7th, 2012
9:51 pm

Keno–if you have seen Ramsey’s film and thought “he’s not all that”, than you are a fool. I hope AJ has a great career at LSU.

Go Big Blue!

June 7th, 2012
9:55 pm

Spoken just like a Marietta Blue Devil. Congratulations Anthony.