"I've already been there once (during the Sun Devils' junior day event) and I liked it a lot. The coaches treated me very well and just seem like a cool staff. I really liked the big campus and that stadium was very big. I can't imagine what it's like on game day. It's just a great atmosphere and I feel very comfortable there."
Pennix was offered by the Sun Devils late in his junior season.
ASU's junior day naturally made a strong impact on Peter Thomas as well, and the signal caller pledged to the maroon and gold in mid-June.
"He was talking them up a lot after he went up there," Pennix recalled. "So I wasn't surprised that he committed to them. We are really close friends and he talks to me about coming up there. It would be cool if we came in together and roomed together.
"But I always liked ASU and even if Pete didn't go there I could see myself ending up there."
In his junior season, Pennix (who started his prep career at tight end) collected 57 tackles and 10 sacks, helping lead Valhalla to the CIF-San Diego Section finals last season. Pennix, who's down to 240 lbs. ("I lost some of my baby fat.") said that thanks to his leaner body he can now bench 360 lbs and squat 460.
"I have very good footwork and speed," Pennix said of his skills. "Arizona State likes to move their defensive linemen around and blitz so I think I would fit in there very well if I signed with them. I get to the quarterback very quickly. I also do a good job in coverage."
Aside from ASU, Pennix has offers from UCLA, San Diego State, Fresno State and UNLV. The lineman has unofficially visited UCLA, USC and San Diego State. He plans to officially visit UCLA and San Diego State along with the Sun Devils.
"If other schools come up," Pennix commented, "I would visit them too." He added that anticipates an offer to come from Oregon in the future.
Distance won't play a factor in Pennix's decision. Furthermore, he's very familiar with Grand Canyon state having lived the first 15 years of his life in Tucson.
The El Cajon lineman is looking for a school which is very disciplined and has a good coaching staff. "I want to play for coaches who really push their players to be the best," Pennix explained. "I also want to go to a school with good education so you have something to fall back on in case you don't play at the next level."
Pennix mentioned that he expects to verbally commit to a school only after he has taken all his official visits.