Commitment Impact: Elijhaa Penny

Norwalk (Ca.) High School doesn't produce a lot of D-1 talent, but once you get a look at his film, you can see why Washington offered RB/DE Elijhaa Penny. Here's a look at how Penny will impact the 2011 recruiting class and where he fits in once he arrives at Montlake over a year from now...

The first thing that jumps out at you when you see him on film is his size. Penny is bigger than most of the people he's playing against, but he's also faster than all of them as well. Even though he has only clocked a 4.68 forty time for scouts, he seems to pull away from defensive backs once he gets in the secondary. And when he isn't running away from them, he's punishing them by lowering his shoulder and using his good forward lean.

On defense, Penny could play anywhere from defensive end to any of the linebacker positions, depending on how much size and bulk he adds once he arrives on campus.

Penny has outstanding instincts and is quick to make a read and get to the football.

What you have to love about Penny is, when we talked to him, he said it really didn't matter to him where he played, he just wanted to get on the field early and help the team win.

As a running back, Penny rushed for nearly 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns as the Lancers' top offensive threat and on defense, playing several positions, he had 44 tackles and eight sacks.

Once he arrives at Washington, Penny will probably get his first look at fullback, where the team can use his considerable running skills as well as his soft hands.

He will also get some attention as a big-back, who can get tough inside yards and be the "Thunder" to Brendan Bigelow's "Lightning" like the combination that Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian had when he was the offensive coordinator at USC with Reggie Bush and Lendale White.

Defensively, with his impressive 6'2" frame and 240 pounds, Penny could project at linebacker or even play with his hand on the ground as a defensive end.

He's got a great motor and flies to the ball, possessing enough athleticism to pursue sideline-to-sideline.

Wherever he ends up, it appears Washington got a really solid athlete and prospect who could play a myriad of positions once he arrives.

In case you haven't seen it, here is Penny's junior season highlight reel.

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