Florida State lands Rivals100 LB to ignite 2021 class
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Florida State's 2020 recruiting class didn't have a whole lot of star power but it could be a very different story in 2021. Mike Norvell and his staff are off to a promising start especially with Friday's commitment from Rivals100 linebacker Branden Jennings.
** The Inside Scoop: Impact of Jennings' commitment **
The Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood linebacker announced his commitment to Florida State on Friday morning. Warchant.com was there live in Jacksonville for his announcement.
Florida State took a major step towards building on a solid 2020 linebacker class with one of the top prospects at that position for 2021. Rivals.com ranks Jennings as the No. 46 prospect in the country and the No. 3 inside linebacker.
Jennings, the son of former FSU standout linebacker Bradley Jennings, announced his commitment at his school's gymnasium.
"FSU has been on me from day one and I love everything," Jennings told Warchant.com. "You are either Nole-blooded or you aren't. I'm Nole-blooded. I can't wait to help Coach Norvell win Championships"
Prior to this past season, Jennings wasn't in a hurry to decide, and the Seminoles weren't a major player under the old coaching staff. However, a Junior Day visit to Tallahassee a few weeks ago dramatically shifted the momentum.
Being able to quickly develop a solid relationship new linebackers coach Chris Marve also played a major role in his decision.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defender led Sandalwood in tackles last season with with over 150 stops. He becomes the fifth member of FSU's 2021 class.