Manvel RB still interested in SMU

2016 Manvel running back D'Vaughn Pennamon talked with Demo about his SMU interest and summer schedule.

In the quarter finals of the 2015 adidas Texas 7-on7 state tournament, the Manvel Mavericks edged out The Woodlands Highlanders 39-38 on a last second touchdown.

The Mavs didn’t relax after the win, especially not 2016 running back D'Vaughn Pennamon. Several minutes after the game ended, he was still all business—focused on the task at hand: winning the whole tournament.

“We didn’t come out firing on all cylinders,” he said. We didn’t score on our first possession and that really put us in a bind. We just shot ourselves in the foot and were fortunate enough to dig ourselves out of that hole.”

At 5-11, 199 pounds Pennamon looks impressively solid; compact, explosive, and dynamic. It’s no wonder he has 22 programs barking up his tree, trying to bring him to their school.

He may be approaching the tournament with a business like demeanor, but he lives for this; competing against the best Texas has to offer is his idea of a good time.

“I’m really at a standstill right now as far as recruiting goes,” Pennamon said. “Being here is kind of like vacation for me. I’m really just trying to focus on the game and take a break from recruiting.”

It’s been a busy summer for Pennamon: camps, training, recruiting, more training, and 7-on-7.

“I went to a couple camps earlier this summer,” he said. I went to Ole Miss’, Missouri’s, and OSU’s camps.”

With offer from Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and Florida pursuing him, its easy to look past some of the other schools. But don’t count them out, especially SMU.

“Yes we talk,” Pennamon said. “I talk to coach [Claude] Math at least twice a week. You know, when coach Mathis was at Desoto we played against them so I know he is a great coach. And as a whole, I think the entire coaching staff is great.”

Not only is it important in the real-estate business, but it also plays a huge part in recruiting: location, location, location.

“I really like the campus and the location of the school,” he says. “After all, I do have family in Dallas.”

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