But as we've showcased on BamaMag.com before, Anfernee Jennings has the skill-set to possibly be used on either side of the football once he arrives in Tuscaloosa for good. At Dadeville (Ala.) High, the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder plays linebacker, defensive end, tight end and even a bit of a split wideout at times.
When he committed to Alabama in March, the immediate projection from the Tide coaches was about rushing the passer as a JACK linebacker talent who could possibly add weight and play as a down lineman if needed. A potential 5-technique should he go that route, a projection seemed simple and nearly all weight-based.
However, after continuing to showcase his skill on offense, including from his spring game (video below), there was some chatter about him maybe fulfilling an offensive role at Alabama. On Wednesday, Jennings confirmed that fact to BamaMag, admitting that he and the UA coaching staff have discussed the topic.
Not only does the three-star remain open to playing offense or defense at the next level, but it could open up more flexibility for Alabama in the class of 2015, especially considering it already has 19 verbals on board. Adding a second tight end has been part of the recruiting plan for some time, and now UA can both hone in on remaining priority targets like four-stars Will Gragg, Devonaire Clarington and Tyrone Wheatley Jr., all very likely to take official visits to Tuscaloosa, knowing it has a guy like Jennings in its back pocket to pair with the No. 4 tight end in America and UA pledge, Hale Hentges in a luxurious back-burner scenario.
Jennings brings flexibility potentially on both sides of the football, something that has to make Nick Saban happy. He's always asked his recruits to be open-mined, and has not been afraid to switch players' position mid-career at Alabama. Could that one day be Jennings?
Time will tell, but it's known that he's up for it.
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