UCLA Leads for Defensive Lineman

The 6-3, 256-pound defensive line prospect from El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla, Shane Pennix, told Scout.com that UCLA is the currently leader for his services. "That's where my parents want me to go," Pennix said...

Shane Pennix, the 6-foot-3, 256-pound defensive lineman from Valhalla High School in El Cajon, Calif., has scholarship offers from UCLA, Arizona State, San Diego State and UNLV and says those are his top four. He also likes Oregon, but the Ducks haven't offered yet.

"They've been sending me mail though," Pennix said of Oregon. "They've shown some interest and I like them a lot so I hope they offer."

"Oregon seems to have it all," he said. "The facilities are really luxurious and the team is really good. I think the new coach will do great."

Another program that Pennix would like to get an offer from is USC. "They were probably my favorite school as a kid," he said. "I just loved all the athletes they had and would always watch them on Saturdays."

But it's actually UCLA that is Pennix's top choice right now.

"UCLA was my first offer (December)," Pennix said. "And they are recruiting me the hardest. That's also where my parents want me to go because they are close."

Will distance be a factor in his decision? "I do prefer to stay close," he stated. "But if I like a school out of the area more then I'll go away. It's just always good to be somewhat close."

So what else is it about the Bruins that appeals to Pennix? "I love the campus," he said. "It's really nice and it makes you feel at home. I was very comfortable there. The coaches really did a great job of making me feel wanted and comfortable. They are great. I love how they support their players. The team is definitely up-and-coming."

Pennix has also already visited Arizona State and likes the Sun Devils a lot as well. "I like the whole team," he said. "The stadium is really nice and it's a good overall football program. The coaches really take care of the athletes and they work hard.

"I love the type of defense they run and how they play smash mouth football," he said. "They like to blitz a lot too."

Pennix plans on attending camps at UCLA, San Diego State, Oregon and California this summer.

"I just want a good college atmosphere," he said. "And a football program that is doing well or coming up. I kind of want to commit early. I'll probably do it sometime before my season. It's not for sure though because I still want to see who else offers."

Pennix said the Bruins lead slightly over Arizona State, San Diego State, UNLV and Oregon.

He finished his junior season with 57 tackles and 10 sacks. "I can get to the quarterback and the ball carrier fast," Pennix said. "I can clog the holes and I have good speed off the line. I have good acceleration and I'm strong too."

He says he wants to improve his leg strength, footwork and quickness off the line.

Pennix says he can bench 325-pounds and squat 450.

He plans on majoring in business and reports a 2.7 core GPA and is taking the SAT in June.

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