Two more four-star QBs to be off the board by Wednesday, both likely to SEC

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Two more pieces of the elite-quarterback puzzle should be in place by the end of Wednesday, and both seem likely to end up in the SEC.

Jauan Jennings, who is considered athletic enough to play QB or DB, will make his decision known on Monday. He checked out Auburn recently, he lives in Tennessee and Alabama also figures prominently into the equation. Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Kentucky have also offered, but it appears it’ll come down to the previously mentioned SEC trio of the in-state Vols, Tigers and ‘Tide. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound athlete would like to play quarterback at the next level, but would be an outstanding safety, too. His decision could make things clearer for certain QB prospects out there who haven’t decided yet.

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Though he enjoyed his recent visit to Auburn and watching QB Nick Marshall in person, he may be on Tennessee’s campus this weekend and that could potentially seal the deal for the Vols.

Jennings is rated the No. 149 overall prospect in the nation. As a junior, Jennings 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 (Tenn.).

Right after Jennings picks on Monday, serious Mizzou target Drew Lock will make his college intentions known on Wednesday. Lock is the son of a former Mizzou player, and he lives in Lee’s Summit (Mo.), so it would seem logical that he picks the Tigers, but he did tell Saturday Down South recently that the early playing time potential at Tennessee is something he was also considering, as Maty Mauk will likely be entrenched as the starter at Mizzou for the next three years. Lock went public with announcement date shortly after Jennings did.

Lock is rated No. 136 overall and the No. 5 pro-style QB in the nation. He is also a standout basketball player, and has said that part of his announcement will have to do with which sport he wants to play, also.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.

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  • hmmm, Lock is a 2015 fall red shirt. So that makes his first year of practical competition for the starting job 2016. In the fall of 2016 Maty Mauk will be a Senior. So there is no real conflict between Mauk and Lock. So next, how does Lock compare to Eddie Printz? (Berkstresser will graduate) This is interesting because they are both pocket passers. Printz will either be Junior in 2016, leaving Lock two years even if he can’t beat Printz out. Zander’s and Hosick should be and if you watch their film will be playing more positons than QB at practice because they are so multi-talented. Basketball a big ?? Frank Haith has been giving Missouri talent the benefit of the doubt but his program is so unpredictable. One has to wonder if Kim Anderson will be coaching there starting about April of 2015. Anderson is surely going to go with Missouri talent even more than Haith.

    • Yeah, that’s a good point, Wolf. Of course, when I talked to Drew, he talked all about how Butch Jones basically told him he’d be in the mix to start as a true freshman, so it could be a 2-year head start on Mizzou. But I think all of these guys are smart to redshirt a year. I know Will Grier and his dad want that, and it’s starting to look like they can and will. Manziel redshirted, and so did Jameis. Why not redshirt and let Maty do his thing?

      • Brain, you are right about QB’s redshirting. 99% of freshman QBs aren’t ready to start their first year and most of them need at least two yrs in the system to be ready to compete for the starting job and do a good job. I like the position Ole Miss is in with it’s two redshirt QBs, they redshirted last season and now they will both get playing time this season. So by next year one or both of them will be ready to lead the Ole Miss offense and have the knowledge and skills to be a really good QB.

        • It’s one thing to memorize the play-book, it’s another thing to play it from instinct.

      • That’s exactly right, but heaven forbid two quarterbacks seem equal, then how will the geography play out? My question is how does the depth chart look at Tennessee at QB now. At Missouri last year QBing was near the top of their performance profile.

        • From what I know about Mizzou’s QB depth, they seem to be in pretty good shape for the future. With Maulk being the starter for now.

  • I think redshirting most freshmen give them a year to adjust to the college life. plus it gives you a year to develop them physically. I would like to get Drew not because we need the quarterback I just wonder how much influence his choice may have been the other local top recruits such as Ofodile , Hale and the two kids from E St Louis. other than Jackie Stiles nothing good has ever come out of Kansas. hopefully Harris will be the second exception

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  • hmmm, Lock is a 2015 fall red shirt. So that makes his first year of practical competition for the starting job 2016. In the fall of 2016 Maty Mauk will be a Senior. So there is no real conflict between Mauk and Lock. So next, how does Lock compare to Eddie Printz? (Berkstresser will graduate) This is interesting because they are both pocket passers. Printz will either be Junior in 2016, leaving Lock two years even if he can’t beat Printz out. Zander’s and Hosick should be and if you watch their film will be playing more positons than QB at practice because they are so multi-talented. Basketball a big ?? Frank Haith has been giving Missouri talent the benefit of the doubt but his program is so unpredictable. One has to wonder if Kim Anderson will be coaching there starting about April of 2015. Anderson is surely going to go with Missouri talent even more than Haith.

    • Yeah, that’s a good point, Wolf. Of course, when I talked to Drew, he talked all about how Butch Jones basically told him he’d be in the mix to start as a true freshman, so it could be a 2-year head start on Mizzou. But I think all of these guys are smart to redshirt a year. I know Will Grier and his dad want that, and it’s starting to look like they can and will. Manziel redshirted, and so did Jameis. Why not redshirt and let Maty do his thing?

      • Brain, you are right about QB’s redshirting. 99% of freshman QBs aren’t ready to start their first year and most of them need at least two yrs in the system to be ready to compete for the starting job and do a good job. I like the position Ole Miss is in with it’s two redshirt QBs, they redshirted last season and now they will both get playing time this season. So by next year one or both of them will be ready to lead the Ole Miss offense and have the knowledge and skills to be a really good QB.

        • It’s one thing to memorize the play-book, it’s another thing to play it from instinct.

      • That’s exactly right, but heaven forbid two quarterbacks seem equal, then how will the geography play out? My question is how does the depth chart look at Tennessee at QB now. At Missouri last year QBing was near the top of their performance profile.

        • From what I know about Mizzou’s QB depth, they seem to be in pretty good shape for the future. With Maulk being the starter for now.

  • I think redshirting most freshmen give them a year to adjust to the college life. plus it gives you a year to develop them physically. I would like to get Drew not because we need the quarterback I just wonder how much influence his choice may have been the other local top recruits such as Ofodile , Hale and the two kids from E St Louis. other than Jackie Stiles nothing good has ever come out of Kansas. hopefully Harris will be the second exception