But Jennings’ experience in working with the top 25 high school quarterbacks in the nation was well worth it. If there was one thing the LSU-bound quarterback learned from the four days of performing different quarterback drills, it’s the element of teamwork.
Asiantii Woulard of Winter Park, Fla., a South Florida commitment earned MVP honors following the four-day camp and Alpharetta quarterback Josh Dobbs, an Arizona State commitment, was one of the ones selected.
“I wasn’t selected, but it was a great experience and I worked with great coaches,” Jennings said. “I improved my game and became more of a team player, and that’s what I asked for. A team player is the most important (thing) and being competitive all the time.”
Not only did the Elite 11 coaches stress teamwork during various quarterback drills at the Elite 11, but also a group of Navy SEALs also stressed the concept. The quarterbacks woke up at 4 a.m. one morning to perform team-training exercises on the beach conducted by the SEALs.
“They emphasized that we couldn’t do it alone,” Jennings said.
Jennings, who earned a spot in the Elite 11 in April following his MVP performance at the Atlanta Elite combine, ended the four-day event on a strong note Sunday. He was required to perform a red zone drill and drive a team 70 yards into the end zone. His 70-yard drive resulted in a touchdown and two red zone passes in the end zone on four snaps from the 25-yard line without making any critical mistakes.
If there was one glaring fault on why he didn’t make the top 11, he said he started slow before finishing strong, and it was a gap too big to overcome.
“I didn’t come in nervous or anything like that,” Jennings said. “I was kind of thinking too much while trying to perform my best. I ended up improving in a lot of things, which was very pivotal in the last day.”
Jennings partook in other drills early in his stay that involved footwork and throwing deep balls and seam routes.
Coaches and scouts complimented him on how quickly he delivered the ball and said his footwork was polished, even though Jennings stated there’s always room for improvement regarding footwork. Coaches also gave him props on his accuracy and velocity when he threw the ball.
And if there was an element to his game that needed fixing, it was standing too high in the pocket.
Although healthy now, Jennings played with a torn cartilage in his knee his junior season with the Blue Devils and led them to a 6-6 overall record and the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
He was third in Cobb County with 2,187 passing yards, throwing 19 touchdowns and only four interceptions.