Kyle Penniston received unexpected news Friday when the 2015 tight end from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran landed his first offer.
It was a big one.
Florida State is the first offer for the 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect who said he has lots of interest in the Seminoles because he's a close friend of former teammate Christo Kourtzidis, who signed with them this past recruiting cycle.
Penniston, the top tight end at Saturday's Southern Cal Rivals.com Showcase Powered by FBU Select, has been talking with offensive coordinator and tight ends coach James Coley.
"I talked to them (Friday) night on the phone," Penniston said. "My coach wanted me to call them so I called them up and we were just having a normal conversation and he all of a sudden said he and Jimbo (Fisher) were looking at my film and how Jimbo said something like, 'Have you offered this kid yet?' and he said, 'Yes,' and he said, 'Florida State would like to offer you a scholarship.'
"That is a really big deal since I'm still a freshman who's going to be a sophomore. It's definitely a big thing. Christo Kourtzidis went to Florida State and I could follow in his footsteps. He's a good kid and he mentored me when I went to varsity. I looked up to him and he's my role model. It's a big deal. They're a good team."
Penniston, who added he's also hearing from Colorado, said that Coley came out in recent weeks to film him and that the Florida State staff must have been impressed.
The Orange Lutheran standout said he's definitely interested in the Seminoles but because it's still so early that he doesn't want to make his commitment yet.
"He came out about three weeks ago and he filmed me and another kid running routes," Penniston said. "He took it back to Tallahassee and watched it with Jimbo and then Jimbo said he wanted to offer me so they offered me. He wants me to call him every week and then attend the camp in the summer.
"I want to keep it open a little longer. I'm still a freshman so I still have a lot of time to make a decision, talk to my family about it and weigh my options but when that time comes I'll be thinking about Florida State."
The 2015 standout said he'll camp at Florida State this summer and also make stops at UCLA, Washington, Oregon and Wisconsin.