WR Mike Penn Commits to Northern Iowa

Mike Penn, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide receiver from Minneapolis (MN) Southwest who attended every Minnesota home football game this season, has committed to Northern Iowa. Penn told Golden Sports.Net that he committed to Northern Iowa after visiting the campus this past weekend. However, he said that if the Gophers offered him a scholarship, that he would strongly consider Minnesota.

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.

Unfortunately, Penn was not eligible to play, due to Minnesota State High School League rules, but that has not stopped Minnersota from showing him plenty of interest.

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 made his college choice after visiting Northern Iowa this past weekend.

"I came back from my visit to Northern Iowa Saturday and committed after I talked to my coach about it. The Gophers are still going to recruit me, and if they offer a scholarship soon which they most likely will, I'll deeply consider them, but as for now I'm commited to Northern Iowa.

Penn also played on the basketball team last season, 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 previously told Golden Sprts.net that it was 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 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 missed the Minnesota camp, due to a school final.

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