UPDATE: Florida State lands 4-star defensive stud Branden Jennings

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Update, 9:09 AM Friday, February 7th: Branden Jennings has indeed committed to Florida State. He’s the fifth official commitment for #Tribe21 but the third one accepted by Mike Norvell’s staff following the commitments of quarterback Luke Altmyer and defensive end Joshua Farmer.

Read the scouting report below to see why FSU fans should be so excited about this one. Long story short; he’s a total stud:


2020’s National Signing Day for FSU has officially come and gone. Coach Mike Norvell and the FSU staff were relentless in their recruiting efforts, but the Early Signing Period and coaching transition presented too many obstacles to allow the Seminoles to land a top 20 class. The FSU staff, led by Norvell, will now set its eyes on returning Florida State back into the top-10 team recruiting rankings for the 2021 class— a feat which hasn’t been accomplished by the Seminoles since 2017.

Enter linebacker Branden Jennings. A top-40 player in the nation, and a top-5 player at his position. Jennings recently visited Tallahassee for FSU’s first 2021 Junior Day, and on February 2nd, the talented junior announced he would make his college decision today. If FSU is to land Jennings, it will have to win out over 30 schools, including Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame, LSU, and several others.

What can FSU fans expect if Jennings were to commit to Florida State? Playing his high school ball at Sandalwood in Jacksonville, Florida, Jennings has been an absolute nightmare for opposing offenses. He’s landed on the All-First Coast team two years in a row. His sophomore season, he racked up over 130 tackles with 6 sacks. He followed that up with over 120 tackles, 8 sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery this past year. To call Jennings a ball hawk would be selling him short. As shown by his numbers and his film, he covers the entire field for his defense.

Jennings is 6’3, 220 lbs. and is college-ready as a junior. His Twitter handle is a play-on Godzilla, king of the monsters, which is an accurate description of his style of play. His hits are violent and draw “oohs and ahhs” from the crowd. He’s a leader on the field and has potential to be an instant impact his freshman year.

Jennnigs is the son of former FSU all-conference linebacker, Bradley Jennings.


Scouting report:

I have two words to describe Jennings: snot bubbles. Jennings has bad intentions every time he steps on the field and often takes his anger out on an opposing ball carrier.

The first trait you see on the field is his size and length. Jennings is an imposing LB, as he has NFL size for the position. He uses this size and length well when taking on a blocker in the hole, scraping and taking on an offensive linemen, or decleating a RB. He does not sacrifice much speed or athleticism for a LB his size.

Jennings has fantastic instincts for the LB position. You see clips of him getting skinny on a blitz or spot dropping and coverage and he finds himself being successful time and time again. This is a player who has clearly grown up around football his whole life. Blitzing and spot dropping are not easy skills for all players, but Jennings is great at it.

Finally, Jennings plays with great leverage on the football. He rarely finds himself in the same hole as another defender, scraping well and working downhill constantly. The thing I like most is he is an outside-in defender and fits very well on ball carriers not allowing for cutbacks, spin moves, or any other moves. This is a LB who makes plays consistently because he is in the right place.

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What time are we thinking he announces?

If he does commit

Someone tell him to go easy on our QBs in the Spring game.

9 am

Ceremony at Sandalwood.

Yes.

Will Florida State football land linebacker Branden Jennings?

way to take the excitement out of it! Just kidding…

"Snot Bubbles" = Bell Cow 2021

THE most important recruit of the CMN era!

Snot bubbles are a good thing?

Because it used to gross me out when my kids did it as babies.

YES!

Whether you use the term snot bubbles or slobber knocker, they all have the same end result and that is as my old coach would say…"knock his dick in the dirt", meaning HARD HITTER! Put the FEAR back into the SPEAR!

Thanks

Slobber knocker I know. Because I’m old.

Snot bubbles, slobber knocker, or a Yard Sale

Chin strap breaks, helmet knocked off, shoulder pad strap on the field, cleat flies off.

lol @ "yardsale"

"Yardsale"

has been a descriptive term for years in skiing for a big fall when skis, hat, poles and everything else not firmly connected to ones body comes off and ends up distributed down the side of the mountain.

I don't ski much

And I guarantee that my coach from rural Mississippi who used to say that to us didn’t ski. I say skiers done did steal that from Southern football coaches. Haha

Illustrated by Greg Jones vs UNC

* Mr. Potato Head is the preferred nomenclature for that one

So far.

That earns you a dang .....

snap Coach

Jennings will bring elite LB play back to FSU.

Can’t wait!

He's a Nole

Side note: I have a crick in my neck.

Great news.

Side note: The features on my scrolling-finger have been worn off.

it is not easy to assess the value of a good snot bubble

I'm not too proud that I won't beg…please, please, please let this happen today!!

Think this is a class of 2021 guy.

But I love the enthusiasm.

Jennings

then Chief Borders then Harvey then Collier……. Those are the monsters we need to get things rolling again. D will get elite a lot quicker tha

Great building block add. Love it

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