Quarterback is Jennings' choice

Quarterback is Jennings' choice

After playing safety his first couple of years in high school, Jauan Jennings moved to quarterback as a junior. That is the position he wants to play in college and he has been offered by numerous schools to do just that...

Duke was the first school to offer Jauan Jennings a scholarship to play quarterback.

Some schools have offered him as an athlete, Auburn offered him not too long ago as a safety, and others have followed Duke and offered the junior as a quarterback.

The ones that target him as a quarterback will likely have a better chance to sign him in the end.

"I want colleges to want me as a quarterback, but if some do not think I can do that right now, then maybe they will by the end of this year," said Jennings.

"Playing quarterback comes with a lot of responsibility and I think I am good at handling that. I am good in tough situations, so I want to play quarterback in college."

The 6-foot-4, 180 pound junior is not ruling a school out if they call him a 'safety' or an 'athlete', but being given a shot at quarterback is important to him.

He has thrown for over 700 yards and rushed for over 400 yards this season while helping Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman get to an 8-0 record.

Jennings is just doing what the coaches ask him to do.

"I love to throw when a pass play is called and I love to run when a run play is called. When nobody is open, I just create a play. I am just a quarterback, but not one that is all pass or all run."

Plenty of schools have recognized the talent of the 2015 Scout 300 prospect.


Jennings is the No. 4-ranked junior in Tennessee.
Offers are rolling in.

"Ohio State, Duke, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Auburn, Nebraska, and New Mexico State have offered. Those are the main schools showing the most interest and all have offered," Jennings said.

Florida State is starting to show interest as well, so the Seminoles are a school to watch.

Many schools have their eyes on Jennings, so who does Jennings have his eyes on?

He has taken a visit to Vanderbilt this season and he had a good time.

"I went to the Missouri game and I love that school. It was exciting getting an offer from Vanderbilt and the campus is amazing. Besides great football, they have great academics too."

Vanderbilt is right up the road from the Jennings home, so does that give the Commodores an edge?

"I do not have top schools right now, I am just enjoying high school," Jennings said. "I am taking my time with it [Recruiting process] and trying to win a state championship with my teammates. That is most important right now."

He really liked Florida growing up and he watched the Gators closely win Tim Tebow was in charge. Urban Meyer was the head coach then and Jennings plans to be at Ohio State this weekend for the Penn State game.

Jennings is the No. 11 junior safety in the country on Scout.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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