The Manvel (Texas) High four-star running back has been to Florida, California and several places in between to visit schools he could potentially play at.
“It’s been kind of crazy,” Pennamon said. “I’ve been to a lot of campuses, seeing what the coaches are like and seeing what the schools have to offer.”
One of his stops this summer was Fayetteville, to see Arkansas and meet the Razorbacks’ coaches.
It also gave him a chance to see the state.
“The facilities there are amazing,” Pennamon said. “Some of the things you see there, you don’t see every day in Texas. There were lots of hills and scenery. I really enjoyed it.”
Arkansas is one of 28 schools to offer Pennamon. He also has offers from schools such as Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, Utah and Washington State.
Defensive backs coach Clay Jennings and running backs coach Jemal Singleton are Pennamon’s main recruiters and he said he has a good relationship with both of them.
He has also done his research on them, as well as head coach Bret Bielema and the school itself.
“(Being ‘Running Back U’) definitely interests me,” Pennamon said. “When I looked up the school and coaches’ history, I saw that they’re good for running backs and putting them in the NFL. They also recruit the best offensive linemen to block for us.”
Of course, with so many choices, Pennamon said he would like to think over his options and make a decision sometime right before or after his second game of the season.
“I’m not going to do a top five,” Pennamon said. “I’m just going to pull the trigger when I’m ready.”
On the field, Pennamon ran for 828 yards and five touchdowns, while averaging 10.6 yards per carry, as a junior. He caught 17 passes for 292 yards, as well.
He was also a part of Manvel’s state championship track team, running on the second-fastest high school 4x400 relay team in the country.
There are still areas of his game that he would like to improve, though.
“Probably pass blocking,” Pennamon said. “I did okay at it last year, but I feel like I could get better for next year. I also want to go undefeated and win state.”