Pannell Gets UM Offer, Deciding Soon

Birmingham Groves OT Deon'tae Pannell has had a successful run of camps in recent weeks. His tour culminated with Ann Arbor where he was impressive enough to earn an offer. He spoke to GoBlueWolverine about where his recruitment now stands and when he plans to make a commitment. Are the Maize & Blue leading the pack?

Birmingham (MI) Groves offensive lineman Deon'tae Pannell has been playing a lot of basketball lately.  You might even go as far as to say it is his first love. That being said, it is clear now that his best sport, and the one that will take him the farthest is football. The 6'5, 280-lb youngsters had a number of offers from Big Ten and MAC schools at the beginning of June before recently adding one more.

"It was after camp I got offered by Michigan," Pannell explained. "I had a meeting with Coach Carr.  He sad we want to offer you.  We think you'll be a good player and help us out."

Pannell has been a left tackle for the past two seasons at Groves and will start there again this year. However, his athleticism and size gives him a chance to play many positions along the line of scrimmage.  He tried a couple of them out against some pretty stiff competition at the Wolverine Technique School.

"It went real good," Pannell said about the camp. "I went up against Mike Martin, who has already committed, so there was good competition. Coach Moeller said I'd probably be a right tackle right now, but that down the road I'm athletic enough for left tackle."

Ann Arbor was Pannell's last camp stop and he now is ready to really weigh his options and come to a decision. He reports a top three of Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan, with no clear favorite at this time. It will most likely come down to those three suitors for him and a committment is likely to happen soon.

"I'm going to decide in late July-early August," he said.  "Right now, I would say it's pretty much about the playing time I'm going to get."

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