TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Tech coach Jayson Roberts says quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is looking at three great options for his future after Tennessee surprised him by pulling his scholarship offer last Wednesday.
“Michael won’t let that slow him down, because that’s not who he is,” Roberts told SEC Country. “That attitude is the same thing that made him a great quarterback here and a leader.”
Penix Jr. appears to have narrowed down his list to Indiana, South Florida and Florida State.
Roberts said Tennessee’s new offensive coordinator, Tyson Helton, apparently had an issue with Penix being a left-handed quarterback, according to a conversation he had with Vols’ recruiting coordinator Robert Gillespie.
“He said when Coach Helton and Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt watched the film and evaluated, they said he was a good player, big arm, mobile, but we want to go another direction,” Roberts said, “and (Gillespie) said something about them not being crazy about him being a lefty.”
It left Roberts frustrated, even while the 17-year-old Penix rolled with the process, telling SEC Country he had no regrets.
The three schools chasing Penix this week all visited Penix at his home in Riverview this week — Indiana bringing the maximum amount of coaches (5) — and Penix took official visits to each campus in the past week, wanting to make an informed decision.
Roberts has also talked to the three coaching staffs, and he could see the 6-foot-3, 195—pounder at any of the schools, depending on what Penix wants.
Penix is coming off an 11-2 season with the Class 7A Titans, one which saw him complete 129 of 244 passes for 30 TDs and 5 interceptions, along with his 449 yards rushing and 10 rushing TDs.
Here’s what Roberts said about each school:
“I think at USF he would be a great fit, especially due to their depth at the position. In the spring they will have two scholarship quarterbacks coming back. They’ve had a great quarterback the past two seasons, so you’re competing against guys that haven’t played a lot because of (outgoing QB) Quinton Flowers, so it’s a tremendous opportunity to come in and compete right away from Day One, and being an early enrollee that increases his chances. The ability to stay close to home, with two younger siblings active and involved in sports, it makes it more convenient for his parents to be involved in all the their children activity.”
“Florida State is intriguing. It’s a new scenario, with a new head coach, but it’s also a coach that Michael is familiar with, and a coach that he was recruited by when Coach (Willie) Taggart was at USF and Oregon. Michael is familiar with the spread offense Coach Taggart runs, we were a spread team here, so that familiarity would be great. The biggest drawback is getting a gage of how in love are they with him, being that they have reached out to other players before they were able to make their way to Tampa. Michael is not afraid of competition, and he would have great competition at Florida State with (Deondre) Francois and James Blackman. But with Coach Taggart coming in, it’s a new system and a new offense, so they all would be learning the same thing at same time, so no one would have a big edge knowing it.
Indiana is a great option for Michael based off of not only the system they run, and the need at the position, but what they showed today with five coaches coming today to see him. There’s no mystery about how they feel about hi. They see him as their quarterback and their program changer, and the guy that can put them over the top to compete for a Big Ten Title. I could see Michael being a guy who could end up on their all-time lists as a multi-year starter for them.
QB Michael Penix discusses his recruitment
Posted by Tennessee Volunteers Insiders on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
This story was written by SEC Country’s Mike Griffith. Griffith covers the Tennessee Vols and the SEC for DieHards.com.
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