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.
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.