LSU won a big recruiting battle in mid-July as the Tigers picked up a big commitment in 4-star linebacker Greg Penn III out of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha High school.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder is the No. 183 player nationally according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He is the No. 9 ILB in the class of 2021 and the No. 10 player from the state of Maryland. Penn chose Ed Orgeron’s LSU program over the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, and Penn State – with the last option being a fun one based on name alone.
“I am going to LSU – Louisiana State University” Penn said. “Their track record with linebackers and getting them to the next level is really unbelievable the last couple of years. I really want to be a part of that.”
Greg Penn III Scouting Report
Penn is exactly the type of player that you would expect given his size and his position on the field. He is an explosive and powerful athlete with a thick lower body who is already a beast of a defender against teams that try to run the ball inside. He is also an outstanding exponent of timing a blitz to catch offensive linemen on their back foot. He finds gaps all over the line and he has a natural feel of when to attack the line to jump a snap count.
You can see both of these defensive attributes in Penn’s film. The first play sees him blitz and literally run through the running back trying to slow him down before sacking the quarterback. Other plays show him as a read and react defender against the run, using his outstanding lateral movement to find the back in the hole before winning the collision every time and saving his defense yards in the process. Penn is an exciting player – a highlight reel defender – and he is someone LSU fans will get to know well in the coming years.