At 6’5, 308 lbs, Deon’tae “DJ” Pannell is a tough player to miss. Sometimes, high school linemen can be big but not skilled. That isn’t quite the case with Pannell, who just happens to be quite the athlete.
”This will be my third year of varsity football coming up,” he said. “I also have played basketball on varsity for three years and I throw on the track team.”
That’s right, the big man filled up the paint for Groves this past season as a power forward and center. On the gridiron, Pannell has protected the blind side for Falcon passers as their left tackle for the past two seasons. He also has seen time as a run plugger on the defensive line. With that type of experience, athleticism and size, it is no wonder colleges have come a calling.
Pannell also was in Ann Arbor for the Spring Game and the Wolverines along with a few other Big Ten schools are expected to receive summer visits from the fast rising lineman.
”The spring game was nice, so I will be back at camp,” he said of the Maize and Blue. “I’m also planning on going to Iowa’s camp, and maybe a few more but I don’t know yet.”
Once out at camps, there is little doubt Pannell will receive more exposure.
Along with that will come more offers. His intriguing blend of attributes and
skills definitely makes him one to watch. Of course, he definitely won’t
be tough to pick out of a huddle.