Pennamon Visits UCLA Campus

Jun. 25 -- The four-star running back is in town this week for an unofficial visit...

Manvel (Tex.) running back D'Vaughn Pennamon could think of no better way to spend his birthday than with a trip to Los Angeles. The four-star was on UCLA's campus Wednesday for an unofficial visit, and will be in town until Saturday.

Pennamon has already made one trip out to Los Angeles this spring with his 7-on-7 team, but this was his first time on the UCLA campus.


"We just toured the campus," Pennamon said. "This was my first time on a visit. It's just really nice. I'm pretty interested (in UCLA). It's a great campus, a great coaching staff. Coach Kennedy Polamalu is a really great coach. I saw him working with some of the guys at the camp."

Pennamon, who is being recruiting primarily by Demetrice Martin, has studied UCLA's offense a little bit, and he said if he elects to commit to UCLA, the transition to college could be pretty smooth.

"They're actually not too different from the offense I'm in now," Pennamon said. "So that's not too bad to transition to."

Pennamon, who describes himself as an all-purpose, all-around back, has a former teammate who's an incoming UCLA freshman in Will Lockett.

"We came to chill with Will a little bit," Pennamon said. "He said he loves it here, and I see why. He's not pushing for me to commit, he's just talking to me and letting me know all the ins and outs of UCLA."

Pennamon, who said that the beach is the main thing that's stood out about his L.A. trip so far, will also head over to USC today and potentially participate in the Trojans' camp. In any case, he definitely has plans for a return trip to UCLA.

"I'm definitely coming back here (for an official visit)," Pennamon said. "And I'm going to Ole Miss for sure. Those are the ones I know."

As for the rest of his recruitment, Pennamon is still open, but wants to trim down his list soon, potentially to a top five here in the summer.

"I want to commit before the first game, or right after the first game," Pennamon said. "So some time in September."

The four-star running back lists Houston as the one local school that's standing out, and also gave a brief rundown of what factors will be most important to him when picking a school.

"Academics, that's the main thing," Pennamon said. "Great coaching staff, great facilities. And I want to be happy."

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