'21 MD LB - Greg Penn (Verbal Offer)

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    Greg Penn's long-time relationship with Larry Johnson pays off
    Maryland 2021 linebacker Greg Penn met Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson when he was in seventh grade. The DeMatha Catholic linebacker paid a visit to Columbus and began a very fresh and infant relationship with Johnson, and when it came time to recruit, the two connected again.

    On Wednesday, Penn finally saw that relationship pay off in a big way, receiving an Ohio State offer from Johnson and the Buckeyes.


    “He just wanted me to keep improving,” Penn said about Johnson and an Ohio State offer. “I first met coach when I was in seventh grade on a visit with a friend, and he told me then that I would have the opportunity to come to Ohio State.”

    The linebacker position will likely be a point of emphasis for Ohio State in the Class of 2021, as Jaheim Thomas and Kourt Williams are classified as linebackers but likely wouldn’t play the position – Thomas to defensive end, Williams to safety – if they signed with the Buckeyes. Three-star linebacker Mitchell Melton has become a focus at the position for 2020.

    Penn could fit into that scope for the next class, though. He is rated by 247Sports as the No. 11 inside linebacker in the class and the No. 256 player overall, but those ratings will likely rise when composite ratings are released.

    DeMatha Catholic is typically known for its ability to churn out basketball prospects, as 2020 five-star center Hunter Dickinson will be a senior next year. But five-star running back MarShawn Lloyd, who was being recruited by Ohio State in the 2020 class is leaning toward Georgia.

    But Johnson has strong roots in Maryland, so him following up with a recruit he met as a seventh grader is not surprising.

    “It feels great,” Penn said about the offer. “Ohio State has always been one of my dream schools.”

    Sparking a relationship with a recruit in middle school isn’t necessarily uncommon, but with the strength of Johnson as a recruiter combined with the fact that linebackers coach Al Washington will surely be part of Penn’s recruitment eventually creates a positive outlook on Penn’s future regarding Ohio State.
     
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    Greg Penn to Visit Ohio State July 27
    Greg Penn, the No. 3 inside linebacker in the 2021 class, announced via Twitter that he will be making a visit to Ohio State on July 27, just three days after the dead period is set to finish.

    The No. 113 nationally ranked player in the class also tagged Ohio State quarterback commit Kyle McCord in the tweet. The two met in eighth grade when they played in the All-America game, and now McCord is doing his best to bring him to Ohio State too.

    “He’s a great guy and obviously a great quarterback,” Penn told Eleven Warriors. “I would love to play with him and go against him in practice every day.”

    There likely won’t be an early commitment from Penn, though. Not like McCord’s. He already has offers from at least 24 schools, including Alabama, Michigan, LSU, Florida and others, so he will explore those options before pulling the trigger on a program.

    He also just received his offer from Ohio State in May after beginning his relationship with Larry Johnson when he was in seventh grade. He detailed that relationship to Eleven Warriors after receiving that offer.
     
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    Greg Penn is not a name that’s unfamiliar to Ohio State fans. He is one of the most sought-after recruits in the 2021 class for the Buckeye staff. The No. 3 inside linebacker in the country and an eventual top-100 recruit, Penn is one of the several DMV prospects that Ohio State is pushing hard for. He already has offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, LSU and others, so a good visit this weekend is crucial to the impression Ohio State makes on him going into a busy fall season.
     
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    Buckeyes in contention for another top linebacker
    It’s a preliminary list of a recruitment still in the early stages, but the Buckeyes are in the running of adding another strong inside linebacker to the 2021 class.

    Greg Penn III announced on Twitter Sunday night that Ohio State is in his top 10, along with Alabama, Florida, LSU and his home state school Maryland, among others.

    Penn III is a four-star recruit ranked No. 6 nationally among inside linebackers, and the DeMatha Catholic product out of Hyattsville is the No. 10 prospect in the state of Maryland.

    Buckeyes coach Larry Johnson, one of the best defensive line coaches in the nation, has a strong reputation in Maryland, so that should help the Buckeyes in their hopes of adding another linebacker to pair with Reid Carrico.

    Carrico, ranked just above Penn III at No. 3, committed to the Buckeyes on Sept. 10. Those two would form a dynamic one-two punch in the 2021 class for Al Washington’s linebacking crew.

    It looks like Penn III isn’t alone in his excitement in joining the Buckeyes. Taizse Johnson, a four-star defensive tackle out of Washington D.C., is the No. 2-ranked prospect in D.C. and is also being recruited by Larry Johnson.

    Penn III and Taizse had an incredibly brief talk on Twitter. It almost certainly means nothing. But ... still ... easy to imagine, and get excited about, those two coming over from the East Coast and teaming up on a Buckeyes defense that has the right coaches in place to create sustainability on that side of the ball.
     
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    Greg Penn releases top schools list, Ohio State among favorites
    One of the country’s top linebacker prospects has narrowed his options down to 10 schools.

    Greg Penn, a 4-star junior prospect from DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) is the country’s sixth-ranked inside linebacker prospect and a player who has the attention of the Buckeyes.

    Penn visited Ohio State over the summer, and the 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker has established a solid early relationship with Al Washington. The Buckeyes are only likely to sign one or two linebackers in 2021, and Penn is a player near the top of the list as a complement to recent commitment Reid Carrico.
     
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