Elite 2021 OG prospect names 3 SEC teams in final 5
One of the top recruits in Tennessee is narrowing his recruitment and appears set on leaving the Volunteer State.
Evangelical Christian High School standout Dietrick Pennington named a final 5 of Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and LSU on Saturday.
“I would like to thank God for the opportunities to use the gifts He’s given me. I thank my grandparents for helping me become the man I am. Thanks to all who recruited me. I have narrowed my decision to these schools,” Pennington wrote in a tweet accompanying a graphic of the teams’ logos.
Listed at 6-5, 326 pounds, Pennington currently plays on both the offensive and defensive lines. 247Sports Director of Scouting Barton Simmons evaluated Pennington as a top offensive guard prospect:
Wide-bodied lineman, big-jointed with a thick lower half and a bulky upper body. Doesn’t look out of shape but will need to work to keep the right weight on. Would benefit from leaning out and converting some body weight on the next level. Extremely coordinated and balanced for a big body. Plays both ways for his high school and has multi-positional and multi-sport background. Natural feet and lateral agility. Stout against the run and immovable on defense. Slow off the snap and is upright and passive with his hands, partially due to read-and-react technique. Can control blockers when he wants to. We like him as an offensive guard. More of a balanced and controlled mover than a violent disruptor. Conserves energy because of snap count. Looks like a future Power Five impact starter but needs to be in the right system or the right position. With the right development and situation has mid round NFL Draft upside.
Pennington is the No. 1 recruit in Tennessee according to 247Sports’ rankings. On the Composite, which includes rankings from 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN in its formula, Pennington is rated 4-stars, the No. 4 recruit in Tennessee, No. 12 offensive guard and No. 210 prospect overall nationally in the class of 2021. He has also collected offers from Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee.
His highlights can be viewed below, via Hudl:
— Dietrick Pennington (@Dietrick80P) May 30, 2020