"Anthony Jennings has committed to LSU," Marietta Head Coach Scott Burton told Scout Thursday evening.
Burton went on to say what he feels the Tigers are getting in his signal caller.
"They are getting the best of both worlds if you ask me - A football junkie from the weight room to the film room to throwing extra with receivers. You take that and combine that with a special physical specimen like he is, the he is like the perfect storm at quarterback."
Marietta High School and Jennings released a statement about his decision.
Marietta High School Quarterback Anthony Jennings has verbally committed to LSU. Jennings chose the Tigers over approximately 40 other scholarship offers from across the country. Before committing to LSU, Jennings had previously narrowed his list to 10 schools, which included Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Oregon, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. After taking several visits, Jennings informed the LSU coaching staff of his decision Thursday morning.
The 6’2” 205 pound quarterback played the entire 2011 season with a torn ligament in his knee. Despite the injury, Jennings completed 60% of his passes and threw for 2,187 yards. He threw 19 touchdown passes to just 4 interceptions. He also ran for an additional 464 yards and scored 8 rushing TD’s. After post-season surgery, Jennings was medically cleared to resume activity on April 10. Just ten days later, the rising senior won the Atlanta Region Elite 11 Competition and received an automatic bid to the Elite 11 finals in California next month. Sponsored by ESPN and directed by former Super Bowl winning quarterback Trent Dilfer, the Elite 11 competition will match Jennings against approximately 20 other top signal callers from across the country to determine the top high school quarterback in America.
“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.”