Penniston Strong with Chryst

Paul Chryst has been hired for less than two weeks, but Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei tight end, and Wisconsin, Kyle Penniston has already built a solid relationship with his new head coach.

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst has been on the phones recently and communicating with the commitments. One of the commits that has heard a lot already is Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei senior tight end Kyle Penniston, who is building a solid relationship with Wisconsin’s new leader.

“I love him,” Penniston told BadgerNation. “He is super down-to-earth and personable. I love his offense and the way they use tight ends, too. He seems like a great person to be leading Wisconsin football. We are both excited to get to work in the spring and getting to know each other.”

The 6-4, 220-pound athletic tight end has been one of the more vocal leaders in the 2015 recruiting class and has worked relentlessly in holding the group of commits together. The No. 29 tight end in the nation, and a three-star recruit by, updates how things are shaping up with this class and how big it was to keep quarterback commit Austin Kafentzis solid.

“I know most the guys are all in, except maybe a couple of the linebackers,” said Penniston. “I am excited to see Austin stay. Nick Thomas is good, but I think others are all waiting to see the defensive scheme that will be used. As for Austin, I was very happy to see him stay. I can’t wait to play alongside one of the best quarterbacks in the country.”

This week Penniston will be down in Orlando, Fla., participating in the Under Amour All-American Game. After that he will begin preparing for the next step in his career, which will be in Madison.

“I am very excited to be a Badger,” said Penniston. “Words can’t describe it. I will leave home on January 11th for Wisconsin and it will be time to get to work and beat Alabama.”

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