Riverside Junior College tight end Gus Penning always knew he wanted to play Division I football. Growing up and playing his high school football in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Penning drew some attention his way for his play on the field. However, most of the attention came from Division II and Division III schools. Soon after making the decision to head to a local junior college to continue his quest to play big-time college football, Penning learned that the school he chose to attend had decided to shut down the football program. Penning decided to leave the state and head to Riverside in California.
Penning, a 6'6", 245 pound tight end continued to grow physically and has impressed Division I coaches with his game film. After a visit to San Diego State, Penning took a trip to Baylor University this past weekend, and loved the visit so much he decided to verbally commit to play football for Art Briles and the Baylor Bears.
"I just really liked the opportunity to be able to play for Baylor and the ability to play early," said Penning who will have 3 years to play 3.
"I loved the offense," Penning said. "They are building a new stadium, and on my visit down there on the weekend, I just loved the people and loved the coaches," said the talented junior college standout.
Penning, a 3-star tight end on Scout.com, explained to BearsIllustrated.com that his commitment is a solid one.
"Nothing is ever 100%," Penning said. "But, I committed to Baylor and I am going to keep my word."
Penning explains that Nebraska and Cal are two schools that have been recruiting him the hardest other than Baylor. And while Baylor Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III may not have had a direct effect on Penning's decision, it definitely played a factor.
"RGIII definitely got the ball rolling for Baylor. They are a high powered offense, they are building a new stadium, and they are getting a lot of good players to go there. I just want to be a part of it," Penning said.
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