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:
“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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