Pennamon's L.A. debut

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — D'Vaughn Pennamon is a new name to the USC recruiting board, but the 6-foot, 190-pound running back came to California highly touted with 16 scholarship offers.

This weekend’s trip to Los Angeles was not only the first time Houston (Texas) running back D’Vaughn Pennamon has been on the West Coast, but it was his first time on a plane.

Unofficially visiting USC Saturday for the Trojans spring game, there’s more luring him to Southern California than just the weather.

“The weather is beautiful, I’m not going to lie,” laughed Pennamon. “But L.A. just seems like the kind of place where you can come out here and be successful. I’m loving it.”

Pennamon’s visit to USC was one of intrigue. The 6-foot, 190-pound three-star running back received a visit from Trojans tailback coach Johnny Nansen last fall. Since then, Pennamon has done his own reproach on USC and it’s tailback tradition.

“I really liked seeing their physicality at the running back position,” said Pennamon. “They got after it and I think I could fit in with their offensive system.

“Plus, USC just got two guys at running back from Texas. You know, that really made me look into their program. I thought to myself, ‘They’re from Texas, so what was it about USC that they liked so much to leave?’

“I looked at it and thought, ‘Man, I see why they went to USC.’ How they recruit they offensive line and how they try to set things up for the running back to be successful. Not just the running back, but the team as well.”

Pennamon has 16 scholarship offers, including one from UCLA, who he also has plans on visiting unofficially at some point. At the time of this interview, Pennamon did not have a scholarship offer from USC.

“I talked to Coach (Johnny) Nansen and he just said he has his eye on me,” said Pennamon. “I really like USC, and I like UCLA too. I like Cali and I’m not afraid to leave Texas.

“Right now I’m just enjoying it, and recruiting is still fun. I watched some of my teammates get offers last year. I wondered what it would be like and now I know. I’m enjoying the ride.

“But I’m thinking about narrowing things down, so I can make a decision before the start of the season. That’s what I’m thinking about doing. I definitely would say UCLA, Arkansas and Kansas are school standing out. I would like to have USC on that list too.” Top Stories