Four-star linebacker Branden Jennings announced he was flipping his commitment from Michigan to the University of Maryland during the early signing day period on Wednesday.
Terps’ Head Coach Mike Locksley said he wasn’t surprised about Jennings’ decision.
“Brandon was one of the guys to make it up to campus before the COVID shutdown,” Locksley said. “One of the things is that he liked the way we played defense. If you looked at us when we played Northwestern to where we are now, you see our players developed a mentality of how we want defense around here and those are the things that have helped us in recruiting.”
Jennings is ranked the seventh-best outside linebacker and the 109th overall player in the country by 247sports.
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The Florida native committed to Michigan back in October, days after he announced his decommitment from Florida State, where his father Bradley Jennings was a three-year starting linebacker.
Jennings is joining a Maryland recruiting class that is expected to bolster the team’s defense. The Terps’ 2021 class is currently ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 18 in the country according to 247Sports. Jennings is ranked the second-best player in Maryland’s recruiting class behind Quince Orchard defensive end Demeioun Robinson.
Jennings recorded 127 total tackles, 84 solo tackles, 12 sacks, and 19 tackles for loss in 11 games for Sandalwood High School this season.