WR Mike Penn Gets Gopher Interest

Mike Penn, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide receiver from Minneapolis (MN) Southwest, has attended every Minnesota home football game this season. Unfortunately, that is the closest to the action that the talented wideout has gotten this year. Penn is not eligible to play, due to Minnesota State High School League rules, but that has not stopped Minnersota from showing him plenty of interest.

Mike Penn caught 24 passes for 648 yards last season with seven receiving touchdowns and ten overall scores. He helped lead the Lakers to a 3-6 mark, a big improvement for a team that had failed to win a game the three previous seasons. Penn had six receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns in their season opener versus Minneapolis Roosevelt and had eight receptions for 195 yards and three scores against Minneapolis Washburn in week five.

Penn spent two weeks at Southwest as a freshman before moving to Indianapolis (IN) Broad Ripple. However, he admits that he missed most of the school year. He moved back to Minnesota, where his mothers lives and was talked into playing on the football last year, where he shined.

Penn also played on the basketball team, where he averaged 9.2 points per game as he led the Lakers to a 9-16 mark.

Penn had been voted a team captain for his senior season. However, the High School League allows students only eight consecutive semesters of eligibility, so his missing school as freshman caused him to lose this year of eligibility.

Penn told Golden Sprts.net that it is tough to sit out this season.

"It's really hard. I watch every game and wish that I could be out on the field, helping my teammates. It hurts me every time."

Pernn said that he is hearing the most from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa, Air Force and Iowa State. He is also hearing from junior colleges such as North Dakota School of Science and Georgia Military, in case of his grades.

Penn said that he has worked hard on his grades after missing so much school early in his high school career.

Penn said that he is attending classes at W.L.C. and the Uptown Academy. He said that Minnesota is in touch with him on a regular basis, espeically wide received coach Luke Tressel and could received a scholarship offer.

"They wanted to, but they want to see my transcript first. I am on pace to graduate in January and could be ready for spring practice, but they want to see my transcript."

Penn attended the Wisconsin football camp this summer, but msised the Minnesota camp, due to a school final.

Southwest faces Henry Sibley this weekend. Sibley is lead by Gopher commitments quarterback Phil Haig and running back Andre Tate.

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