Penniston Returns to Wisconsin

The finally stop on his three city, Big Ten camp tour, Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei junior tight end Kyle Penniston performed well enough to catch the eye of tight end coach Jeff Genyk and head coach Gary Andersen.

MADISON - Making the trip out to the University of Wisconsin as a wide-eyed high school sophomore, Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei tight end Kyle Penniston got a lot of great coaching that he used as a foundation for his game during the 2012 season.

Now a year older, Penniston returned to get coached by the Badgers' brand new staff, and get a head start on his recruiting relationship with Wisconsin.

"I really didn't have any connections with the new staff, which is why I decided to come out here again to make new connections," Penniston told Badger Nation. "Things went really well and I learned a lot that will help me be a better player."

Getting a chance to compete for three days at Wisconsin, Penniston worked through position drills with tight end coach Jeff Genyk, ran routes with other campers during 7-on-7 drills and caught some passes from Sandy (Utah) Jordan junior quarterback, and Wisconsin commit, Austin Kafentzis.

At 6-5, 225 pounds, Genyk told Penniston that he reminded him of another tight end he recruited a couple years ago.

"He said I remind him a lot of Jacob Pedersen, which is a cool thing because Pedersen is one of the better tight ends in the nation," said Penniston. "I have a lot of room to grow, put weight on, get faster and things like that, but it was a good compliment."

And while Wisconsin didn't join Florida State as a school to offer Penniston, he made a good connection with Genyk, who said he was going to come watch him play this fall, and head coach Gary Andersen.

"Coach Genyk and I exchanged information and we're going to keep in contact a lot," Penniston said. "Coach Genyk said I could be a player who could get an offer if I continue to develop. Andersen said that being recruited is going to be fun. They said they were very interested, but told me to enjoy being a kid and just do what I do. They said to just remember they're in the back of my mind."

Wisconsin was one of three stops on Penniston's Midwest camp tour. He started at the Ohio State camp, spending three days in Columbus late last week.

"Coach (Urban) Meyer told me that everything was a 100-meter dash," Penniston said. "It doesn't matter if you get caught or going to breakdown. It was all about keeping a high pace (and) stretching things vertical because then you create space to make a play."

Following his camp in Columbus, Penniston stopped in Evanston, Ill., Sunday to go through a one-day camp with Northwestern.

"I really love the coaches there," said Penniston. "They really care about your academics and how you can develop to be a better person when football is over. Eventually football is over for everyone, so you have to have something to lean back on. All the coaches stress academics and they stress developing as a football player is important, but more important is developing as a man."

Although he is unsure if he will attend any more camps this summer, Penniston said the coaching he received at all three camps will make him a better football player for his junior season.

"Getting coached by college coaches, division 1 coaches, they really know what they're doing," Penniston said. "They have the credentials with them having coached All-Americans and NFL draft picks. It really helps when they show you the little technique issues. I learned this week that the little things are really the big things. All the coaches helped me correct little things to improve myself as a complete player."

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