Florida State zeroing in on former Tennessee QB commit Michael Penix

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Tech quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was on the Florida State campus Friday for his official visit with the Seminoles.

Florida State coach Willie Taggart knows Tampa Bay area high school football like few others, so it’s worth noting he has offered Penix a scholarship on three different occasions.

Taggart was at South Florida when he made his first offer to the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Penix his sophomore season, and then Taggart followed up with another offer last season as head coach of the Oregon Ducks.

Penix was 129-of-244 passing with 30 TDs and 5 interceptions, along with 449 yards rushing and 10 TDs his senior season, a Tennessee commit since last April who held firm through the firing of Coach Butch Jones on Nov.12.

New Vols’ coach Jeremy Pruitt called Penix last Friday, the day after being hired as head coach, to tell Penix that his scholarship offer was still valid.

But on Wednesday, the new Tennessee staff changed their mind, angling instead for a California quarterback prospect currently committed to the Cal Golden Bears.

Taggart, Indiana coach Tom Allen and South Florida coach Charlie Strong sprang into action.

The Bulls convinced Taggart to drive 30 miles to their campus for an official visit last weekend just in case something went sideways with Tennessee.

Since then:

• Florida State made an in-home visit on Monday.
• Penix and his mother, Takisha, took an official visit to Indiana on Tuesday
• South Florida head coach Charlie Strong and his assistants went in-home Wednesday
• Indiana head coach Tom Allen and four Hoosiers assistants went in-home Thursday

Penix will announce his school of choice on Wednesday and enroll in classes in January.

This story was writing by SEC Country’s Mike Griffith. Griffith covers the Tennessee Vols and the SEC for DieHards.com.

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