It's been a fun summer so far for Anthony Jennings.
The Marietta, Ga., quarterback has already been out of school for a month, and he's been an LSU commitment for about three weeks. The excitement of committing to a top-flight program is something that hasn't been lost on Jennings, who said he's enjoying the moment.
"It's been a great thing because a lot of people know I've committed and they've said congratulations and things like that," he said. "Everything is going smooth, and I'm just working with my team and trying to get better for this season coming up."
But the fun is just beginning for the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Jennings, who is rated the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback in this class.
Next month Jennings departs for California and the Elite 11 finals being held there from July 18-22. While there he'll compete as one of 25 of the top signal-callers in the country chosen during regional camp sessions. The competition features future quarterbacks from plenty of national powers, including Alabama commitment Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood,), Ohio State commitment J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider), Texas commitment Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright) and a bevy of others.
"I actually just got the playbook -- either yesterday or the day before that -- and I'm just starting to study some of the plays," Jennings said. "I'm just grateful to have that opportunity to go and compete against the best in the nation, and I feel like I'll compete very well."
Such was the merit of Jennings' MVP performance at the Atlanta Elite 11 regional in May that it helped him add several scholarship offers -- including one from LSU.
The short trip from Marietta to Atlanta gave Jennings a taste of what to expect when he gets to Redondo Beach, Calif. He said hopefully the increase in abilities at the finals will leave him with a new trick or two heading into Marietta's 2012 campaign this fall.
"You want to win those things and be competitive," he said. "But you also want to learn more and see new things that you can take back to your team for next year."
But for those LSU fans concerned about Jennings' notoriety this summer, his message was clear: don't be.
The buzz generated by a commitment from an ESPN 300 player is hard to miss in the recruiting world. It's a popular saying that the real recruitment doesn't begin until a player makes a pledge. But Jennings was firm in his choice of LSU in early June, and he said he can't see himself wavering.
"I don't really entertain the recruitment anymore because LSU is my team and that's where I want to go to school," he said. "Me and my coach know that's where I'm going, so the recruitment is over for me. I feel like some teams are still trying to come after me and change my commitment, or make me decommit. But I don't think that's going to happen."
With that out of the way, Jennings said he hopes to turn his busy summer into a productive fall for Marietta. Having already selected LSU, he said winning games will take precedence over making visits.
"This next season is really about my team and the season that's coming up for me," he said. "Maybe I'll get to a game or two for LSU ... to see my family and talk to the coaches a little bit. But this season coming up is for me and my teammates to try to get to the state championship game and win."