Bradley Jennings Jr. no longer wants to play for Florida State, his father’s alma mater.
He’s all-in with Miami.
He made that feeling public on Sunday, announcing his commitment to the Hurricanes. He backed off his FSU pledge Aug. 1, in the weeks after attending Miami’s Paradise Camp and reporting interest from Mark Richt‘s staff.
Jennings, a 6-foot-2, 218-pound outside linebacker who plays for Jacksonville-Sandalwood High, originally committed to the Seminoles last Dec. 31.
He is the 43rd-ranked outside linebacker in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports. ESPN ranks him 39th. Rivals has him 30th.
However, Canesport called Jennings’ commitment “a big recruiting win for [defensive cooridinator Manny] Diaz and [tight ends and special teams coach Todd] Hartley”, who recruited Jennings. His high school coach, Sandalwood’s Adam Geis, told Canesport that Jennings is “as good as it comes,” and talked him up as high school coaches tend to do.
“I hear fans say he’s only a 3-star, well I say send any 5-star running back through the A-gap — this kid will break you in half,” Geis said.
Other than FSU, his offer list includes Michigan, North Carolina, Louisville and West Virginia. Geis attributed that to Jennings staying away from the camp-and-combine circuit.
His father, a Miami native and Carol City High alum, was a three-year starter at FSU and All-ACC player as a senior in 2001. Because of an unfortunate turn of events — a knee injury and a gunshot wound stemming from a carjacking — he never played in the NFL.
Maybe his son will get that chance.