Ok, so Hugh Freeze has to be trolling all you "we need a bigger back" people, right? The Rebels are continuing the recruiting momentum that began after a flurry of commitments over the weekend and have added four-star running back D'Vaughn Pennamon. The 6'0, 200-pounder from Manvel, Tex. made the call and joins the rest of the top 10 class as the 17th commit. I think it is safe to say that Freeze is virtually operating out of a time share condo in Texas and getting whoever he wants.
Not only does Pennamon bring a punch to the Rebels' run game, he is also bringing a possible punch for fireworks on National Signing Day. He is teammates with four-star defensive back Deontay Anderson and friends with four-star defensive back Jaylon Jones and five-star offensive lineman Greg Little. The Texas flavor that Ole Miss is enjoying also comes thanks to native son and wide receiver coach Grant Heard who was Pennamon's primary recruiter.
One of the most impressive things about Pennamon might be off the field as his offer list is ridiculous. Don't worry, I won't list them all, but the big names that wanted the young man's services include Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and UCLA. Impressed yet? We're just getting started with the big back from Manvel High School. The all-around athlete (he also played receiver) totaled 925 yards of total offense last season with 13 touchdowns to lead the Mavericks to the Texas 6A Quarterfinals.
How does he fit in?
Pennamon is another big back that operates out of the spread that has become the norm in college football these days. His 62 carries came predominantly out of the shotgun and he averaged an insane 10.7 yards per carry. Even though two others in the offense had over 100 carries, Pennamon managed to make the most of his touches and make an impact. Much like new Ole Miss commit Jarrion Street, he is a larger back who has college size, catches the football out of the backfield with ease and possesses above average pass blocking for a 17-year old. Once strength coach Paul Jackson gets him in his off-season program, he will only get stronger and faster. Pennamon and Street are just two more examples of how valuable running backs coach Derrick Nix is to the Ole Miss program.