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America’s most wanted?

Published 10:48am Thursday, March 6, 2014

Jennings on the rise as D-I offers roll in

Dadeville’s Anfernee Jennings is a wanted man.
Whether it’s Nebraska, Louisville, Cincinnati or Vanderbilt, a lot of college programs have Dadeville’s disruptive pass-rusher on their list as a highly-coveted recruit.
But of all the top schools that have made their pitch, perhaps none was bigger than his most recent scholarship offer.
It started with a visit to the University of Alabama for Junior Day and a chat with Alabama football coach Nick Saban this past weekend.
“He called me into his office, and we chatted for a little bit,” Jennings said. “He told me that Alabama wanted me, and he offered me a scholarship.”
When you receive a scholarship offer from the architect of the nation’s premier college football program, chances are that person sees something special.
But for Jennings, it’s simply more motivation.
“It makes me want to get better and go harder,” Jennings said.
In his junior season, Jennings amassed 171 total tackles, seven sacks and 43 quarterback pressures on his way to his second-straight Class 4A All-State team.
And the offers are continuing to flow in.
In addition to Alabama, Jennings holds full  scholarship offers from Nebraska, Louisville, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, UAB and Jacksonville State.
And according to Jennings, more could be on the way.
“I feel like Auburn’s getting close to making an offer,” he said. “I’ve also heard from Florida State and Clemson. I’m hoping I get more offers.”
Jennings – who maintains a 3.7 GPA – said his college choice will be one where he can contribute on the field while keeping a strong focus on his studies.
“I want to go somewhere where I can feel at home,” he said. “I want to go to a school where I can make an instant impact for my team and get a good education.”
At this moment, there is no lead candidate as far as Jennings is concerned. He is content on evaluating all offers before making a decision.
“I’m waiting for whatever comes my way,” he said.
If his current slate of options are any indication, Jennings could expect more top programs to come calling for his services.