Junior Tight End Draws Early Attention

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei junior Kyle Penniston was arguably the top tight end at the recent Battle of the Beach 7 on 7 tournament at Edison and is already hearing from schools all over the country...

At 6-5, 225 pounds, Kyle Penniston is a big target and showed very good hands all day Saturday. He's a solid route runner, can take a hit and still hold on to the football and is a major threat in the red zone. He's not an elite athlete right now but has improved his athleticism and is definitely a prospect to watch closely.

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."

Penniston also camped with both USC and UCLA and the local schools are showing interest as well.

"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."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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