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Three-star has three visits in mind

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Three-star Shane Pennix (6-4, 258, 4.8) from El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla has the potential to play several positions on the D-I level. Though some like him as a defensive tackle because the upside of his size, Pennix is mainly being recruited as defensive end.
At the present time Pennix has offers on the table from Arizona State, UCLA, San Diego State, UNLV and Fresno State. He was busy looking at some of the schools that are close to him this summer.
"I went to UCLA's camp this past summer, and I went to the USC camp," Pennix said. "I also went to Arizona State just to walk around there and look at their campus.
"UCLA's camp was good," Pennix said. "I learned a lot things and techniques from the coaches there. It was nice. I had a lot of fun.
"USC was a good camp, too," Pennix said. "They practice like they play in a game so it was pretty intense and I like intensity. We went through these drills and I learned a lot from there, too, like how to get off an offensive lineman, the footwork and we went through the O-line, D-line on the one on ones and I won them all.
"It was pretty good because in the group they called me out to take on this one big lineman and we all got into a little group and started yelling and stuff like that and then we went at it and I beat him," Pennix said. "I just liked how the coaches pump you up and everything like that. It was nice.
"When I went to ASU, I just wanted to look around and meet the coaches and talk," Pennix said. "It went good. I like the campus and everything. The atmosphere, and the coaches are nice. They seem like they care about you and everything like that. I plan on going back up there again and see more of it. I'm going to go to some games and everything like that.
"I haven't set any official visits, yet," Pennix said. "I'm going to start doing that though.
"I'm going to take an official visit to UCLA, ASU, and San Diego State," Pennix said. "That's probably it right now. I'm trying to wait on the others because I want to see if I pull in anymore offers."
"I don't have any favorite schools, yet," Pennix said. "Not really anything in mind, but the highest one right now is UCLA. They're like the favorite right now for me, but I am still deciding and I still have an open mind on what school I want to go to.
"UCLA is recruiting really hard," Pennix said. "A lot of schools are sending me letters and everything like that, but UCLA, when they send me letters, they send me handwritten letters that ask me how I'm doing and ask me how my parents are doing. They show me what I can do if I was at UCLA. It seems like they really want me.
"UCLA is always emailing me and I always talk to them," Pennix said. "It just seems like they really want me there and that they really care."
Pennix would like to make his college decision sometime near the middle of his senior season and if that isn't possible, he will make it after the season. He plans on taking in several college games this fall. Some of the schools that he plans on seeing in action are Arizona State, UCLA , USC and San Diego State.
In an earlier interview with Rivals.com, Valhalla head coach Steve Sutton said the following about his outstanding football player.
"Shane has a lean frame and has a lot of room to grow," Sutton said. "He's built like a tight end, but could grow into a defensive tackle, but I'm not sure you would want to do that since he moves so well. You may not want him to go inside and have to deal with double teams, but he does have that potential.
"There a lot of things that Shane has the potential to do. He's very athletic, runs well and is good on his feet. He is very strong and has good balance."
Pennix earned first-team San Diego Section all-CIF and first-team all-area as a junior after accounting for 57 tackles and 10 sacks.
Pennix earned a spot on the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 for the class of 2010 landing as the Golden State's No. 73 prospect at any position.
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