Waiting Game Over as Pannell Opts for PSU

Beverly Hills, Mich., offensive tackle Deon'tae Pannell had been delaying his decision for almost two weeks before making his pledge Friday evening to Penn State. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound product of Wylie E. Groves High School chose the Nittany Lions over Michigan and Michigan State in the end. See why in this interview.

“I called Coach Joe Paterno and Coach Ron Vanderlinden tonight (Friday) around 7:30 to commit to Penn State,” Pannell said. “They were really excited and said that I played a position of need for them.”

Pannell had delayed his decision from last Tuesday to Friday and then had delayed his decision until today, having recruitniks wondering what was going on.

“I just wanted to make sure that I was comfortable with my decision,” Pannell said. “I didn't want to rush into anything, but I am comfortable with everything now.”

Pannell says he is a solid commitment to Penn State with no planned visits to other schools on the horizon.

“I am just going to take my official visit to Penn State,” Pannell said. “I will probably try to go to a few Penn State games this year, although I don't know which ones yet.”

Pannell becomes the sixth verbal commitment for Penn State this recruiting season and fills a great void at the offensive tackle position. Look for more on Pannell this fall as FightOnState.com discovers which games Pannell will take in at Beaver Stadium.

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