He may play quarterback, he may play in the secondary … whatever Jauan Jennings ends up doing with his talent, he’ll be an impact player at Tennessee.
Early Monday, Jennings–clearly one of Tennessee’s top in-state products, out of Murfreesboro–chose the Vols over Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State and Northwestern. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound athlete has said before that he would like to play quarterback in college, but he is also known as a very good safety. The Vols have made a very serious run on the nation’s top dual threat QB, Torrance Gibson. That doesn’t appear to be over, as last week Gibson was actually on Tennessee’s campus, so that’s something to keep an eye on as far as this class’ quarterback spot is concerned.
Though Jennings enjoyed his recent visit to Auburn and watching QB Nick Marshall in person, he planned to be on Tennessee’s campus this past weekend and that helped sealed the deal for the Vols.
Jennings is rated the No. 149 overall prospect in the nation. As a junior, he threw for 1,465 yards with 14 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 2013, while rushing for 815 yards and 10 scores for Blackman H.S. in Murfreesboro. With 10 months to go before national signing day, Tennessee now has the SEC’s largest class with 10 commitments for the class of 2015. Nationally, Penn State has 11 and West Virginia has 10.
The Vols moved from No. 8 to No. 6 in the national rankings, thanks to Jennings’ commitment.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.