On the recruiting front, Penniston landed an offer from Florida State when he was just a sophomore and could be close on a few others.
"I went back to the Midwest and camped with Ohio State, Wisconsin and Northwestern," Penniston said. "All three are showing a lot of interest right now and have basically told me the same thing, they want to watch my first few games this year and see how I look before offering.
"I talk with Ohio State TE coach Tim Hinton a lot and he just wants to see me grow and mature. I also talk with Coach Brown at Northwestern and love that guy. He's quite a coach and a good guy and the academics are Northwestern are a pretty big deal so we'll see what happens there."
"UCLA showed me a lot of interest and I talk with Coach Marsh, the new TE coach a lot through facebook. I've talked with Coach Baxter, the USC TE coach as well. Both are great programs and I have high interest in both.
"I have a lot of family in the Midwest and my parents would like to move back there if I were to pick a school out there. They want to get a farm and I think they're probably hoping I will end up somewhere in the MW. Location really won't play a big role for me though, I'm just looking for the best fit. It will of course be a family decision but I just want to find a school that I'm comfortable at and where I fit in the best academically, socially and athletically."