Pannell Narrows Field to Three; MSU in Hunt

"I like the coaching staff. I know they're going to turn the program around. I think I have a real good relationship established with them and I like the campus a lot." --Birmingham Groves lineman Deon'tae Pannell on Michigan State's coaching staff

BIRMINGHAM, MI - Wylie E. Groves senior Deon'tae Pannell is among the state's most highly coveted players along the offensive line.

The versatile 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman can play inside or outside and while most collegiate coaching staffs are recruiting him to play the right tackle position, some are projecting him as a guard because of his solid footwork and ability to move in space.

Coaches are also excited about Pannell's work ethic. GSN observed Pannell putting in rep after rep in temperatures that hovered in the high 90's without slowing down.

That work ethic recently got him scholarship offers from both Penn State and Michigan. Pannell updated GSN on where he stands at this moment in his recruitment.

"I've been to Michigan State's camp, a one day camp and I went to Michigan's camp last week."

Pannell picked up an offer from the Wolverines after his stellar performance during their recent four-day camp.

"It made me feel pretty good about myself as a player, I was kind of waiting on that one, so, it made me feel pretty good," he said.

He currently holds offers now from Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue, Penn State, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, but he has narrowed the field down to three.

"My top three in no particular order are Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State," said Pannell.

We asked Pannell to give us a snapshot of what the three bring to the table.

PENN STATE: "I like just the overall tradition of the place, their recent success and the fact that they put people in the 'league' (NFL) at my position. I got a chance to meet (head coach Joe Paterno). He's a real cool guy and it be cool to have a chance to play for him. I think I connected with him real well."

MICHIGAN: "Just the fact that their a good program with a good education and they're always going to be successful so their a good program to have in the running."

MICHIGAN STATE: "I like the coaching staff. I know they're going to turn the program around. I think I have a real good relationship established with them and I like the campus a lot."

Pannell indicate that all three schools have advantages over each other, but he is just looking to find the place where he's most comfortable.

"When I get a chance to be around the players, how they feel about the school and the program also, how I fit in and how I get along with the coaching staff."

Pannell indicated that he will take one last trip to Penn State at the end of the month with his mother and then he will get down to the business of making a decision.

He also indicated to GSN that Michigan State and Penn State are slightly ahead of Michigan by the slimmest of margins.

When he does, GSN will be there to see if the Spartans can claim another building block in Mark Dantonio's emerging program.


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