August 14, 2007

Q&A with new commitment Deon'tae Pannell

Penn State recruiting took a big step forward on Friday when Birmingham (Mich.) Groves offensive tackle Deon'tae Pannell informed the Nittany Lion coaching staff of his intentions to play football at Penn State.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound prospect is rated as the No. 40 offensive tackle in the country, and is ranked as the No. 11 player in Michigan by got a chance to speak with Pannell after the decision had sunk in, and what follows is a transcript of that conversation.

BWI: Can you tell us a little bit about your decision?

Deon'tae Pannell:
Well I committed on Friday, and it pretty much came down to me picking the place where I felt that I would be most successful for the next four or five years. It also had a lot to do with Penn State's campus, the atmosphere of the place, the support staff and the attitude of the players that I got a chance to hang out with.

BWI: You took a little time between when you said you were going to announce and when you actually did announce, how did the time off help you in picking a school?

It just sured things up to make sure that I wasn't making a premature decision. I had to make sure I had all the information that I needed before I finally made my choice. I wouldn't say I was hesitance, but it was more of a reassurance, because I kind of did have Penn State in my mind before that.

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