Quarterback Shane Jennings

Gooding quarterback Shane Jennings verbally committed to Eastern Washington University. 

GOODING — One of Idaho’s top football prospects has made his college decision.

Quarterback Shane Jennings of Gooding High School announced Sunday night that he committed to play at Eastern Washington University. He made the decision public in a tweet.

“Honored and excited to say I have received a football scholarship to Eastern Washington University and also proud to announce I am 100% COMMITTED to Eastern Washington!!!” Jennings said in his tweet.

Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ian Shoemaker offered him a scholarship Sunday, and Jennings committed on the spot over the phone.

“I had been talking with them the whole summer, and they were the ones who had stuck with me through the whole process,” Jennings told the Times-News. “They were really up-front with me.”

The two-time all-state quarterback had received interest from the Eagles since the spring. He had also received Division I scholarship offers from Utah State, Idaho and Idaho State as well as interest from Stanford and Washington State.

Eastern Washington is among the programs that recruited Jennings that run an offensive system comparable to Gooding’s.

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“I’d kind of like to match up with a college with a similar offense, because our offense is college-based,” Jennings told the Times-News in July. “It’s almost a college offense. It’s good for me to run that now so that by the time I get to the next level, I’m ready for that opportunity.”

Eastern Washington had a record of 12-3 last year and made it to the FCS Championship Game to powerhouse North Dakota State where they lost 38-24.

The program’s success was a central reason the senior picked the Eagles.

“They’re winners,” Jennings said.

Jennings has totaled 6,853 yards and 90 touchdowns in his two seasons as a starter. The dual-threat quarterback has a three-star rating from the recruiting website 247 Sports. Gooding opens the 2019 season at home against Parma on Friday.

With his college decision out of the way, Jennings is free to focus solely on playing for Gooding, but he said his mindset has always been with his high school team, and it will stay that way until he graduates.

“I told myself at the beginning of the summer that I’m not anybody but a Gooding Senator until next May,” he said.

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