'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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