Injuring his knee in the first month of his senior season, it's been a different year for Alabama commitment Shawndarius Jennings, who has been focused on rehab and even some coaching as his Dadeville (Ala.) Tigers have reached the second round of the state playoffs.
But Saturday was a taste of the familiar for the three-star athlete, most likely to play defensive back at the next level, as he was back in Tuscaloosa for UA's big win over LSU.
"It was turnt (up), for real," he said. "Just the atmosphere, and 'Bama fans are just the best. How loud they were the whole game was amazing."
Traveling to town to see his brother and Alabama freshman Anfernee Jennings with his grandfather and friends, Jennings said he also spent some time with fellow UA-bound commitments Christian Bell, Brendan Scales and Josh Perry among a slew of UA targets like five-star Mecole Hardman Jr and former pledge Demetris Robertson. As most were, the group was in awe of the product on the field, especially when the Tigers had the football.
"'Bama's defense is filled with maniacs," he said with a laugh. "But I guess the recruits were all turnt. I was busy watching 'Bama kick butt. I was impressed with A'Shawn Robinson, he was just making plays all night long. Then he blocked the extra point and all."
Admitting the atmosphere made him anxious to get back on the field, a return from the broken patella could be in order sooner than initially considered.
"It's tough," Jennings said of rehabilitation. "I'm just getting my quad back right and bending it more. About another two months or so and they think I'll be back 100 percent. The ('Bama) coaches see my progression from the last time they saw me and they're happy for me."
While he reports solidity with the Crimson Tide, other programs like Auburn and Memphis could still be in line to host the versatile senior for official visits. No dates are set at this time, however.