Cyclones' Jennings lands DI football deal

Douglas Fritz • Jul 13, 2018 at 4:21 PM

Garrett Jennings made his college choice, and it will take him to the Division I level.

Jennings, a senior at Elizabethton High School, announced Friday his commitment to play football at Western Kentucky.

“What made the decision for me was the way it feels like home up there,” said Jennings of the Bowling Green school, which is located about an hour north of Nashville.

The Hilltoppers compete in Conference USA. Jennings chose WKU over Eastern Kentucky, Alabama-Birmingham, Austin Peay and UT-Martin.

“It is really exciting,” said Elizabethton head coach Shawn Witten. “He has really worked hard and grown into a great young man. The sky is the limit for him. He is going to a place that really wants him and will make him a better football player.”

At 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds, there’s no doubt he has the size to play at college football’s top level. He will play offensive tackle for the Hilltoppers.

Jennings said he needs to improve on two areas during his senior season with the Cyclones.

“I need to work on my strength,” he said. “And I also need to get better with my footwork. Those are the two most important things.”

Playing time is on Jennings’ expectations, even early in his days with the Hilltoppers.

“I want to make a four-year career out of it and graduate with a good degree,” said Jennings, who added he plans to study criminal justice.

Jennings credited a pair of Elizabethton coaches for helping him reach this goal.

“Ryan Witten and Shawn Witten helped me work at what I need for the next level,” said Jennings.

As for the 2018 season, Jennings said the Cyclones have high hopes.

“We are always working for a chance at a state championship,” he said.

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