At the Scout.com combine in Tuscaloosa he showed off a cannon for an arm on the short passes and had nice touch and tight spirals on the deep balls. However, he checked in at just 5-10 1/2 and 164 pounds, which is much smaller than the ideal Division I quarterback.
"In football this year, I messed up my ankle a little bit in the eighth game of the season," Pennington says. "I missed a game and half. I put up 800 passing. We are predominantly running school and we run the ball about 80 percent of the time. I rushed for about 250 and had 20 touchdowns total."
Pennington also helped his cause with a solid 4.68 time in the 40-yard dash, which should help him at the collegiate level if he plays a different position.
"I'd have no problem with moving to another position," he continues. "Southern Miss is looking at me as an athlete. UAB I think is looking at me as a quarterback. I can play wide receiver. I might be a little bit better at wide receiver than quarterback because I run good routes."
He doesn't have any offers yet but is receiving interest from a number of schools around the Southeast.
"I actually went to Southern Miss about four weeks ago," he adds. "I went over there and visited their facilities. For Mississippi State, we were playing baseball so I wasn't able to make that."
Pennington is a three-sport athlete in high school and posted a 32.7-inch vertical at the combine. As well as playing quarterback in football, he uses his rifle arm in baseball and his leaping ability in basketball.
"In baseball I play shortstop and third. In basketball I play shooting guard and point guard," he says. "I hit .391, one homer and 38 rbi. We didn't make the playoffs so we just wrapped it up. In basketball I think I averaged 16 a game. One dunk. I got me a dunk this year. I actually got two last year (as a sophomore) and one this year."
Pennington is being recruited by Southern Miss and Okaloosa-Walton Junior College to play baseball, but says that football is the sport he wants to play at the collegiate level.
As a high school junior, he adds that he wants to go ahead and get his academics squared away as soon as possible. "I took the ACT and made a 19. I plan on taking it again and trying to get that 21 on out of the way," he says. "I've got a 3.8 (GPA)."