In February, McDonogh (Md.) 2021 linebacker Greg Penn made his first visit to Virginia Tech for a junior day. That trip made Penn interested enough that he was back in Blacksburg Saturday for the Hokies’ spring game, and he left that trip with an offer.
Penn now has five offers, also from Rutgers, Maryland, Temple and Florida. He has more visits coming and a strong connection at one school that could play a big part in his decision. Any moves Penn makes, however, will be based in large part on how schools fit his list of desired criteria.
“What I look for is a family atmosphere,” he said. “I want a program with players and coaches who interact in a good way. Education comes first, that’s what I’m used to. Then, it’s just the family atmosphere.”
Penn said his most recent stop in Blacksburg was a rewarding one. He spent more time than he previously had and got a better vibe from the program.
“I loved it down there, and I spent a lot of time with the players,” Penn said. “I got there Friday and left Sunday. It was nice to see how the players interact. I love the intensity there and the coaches. I love Coach (Bud) Foster, who’s one of the best coaches in the country. He can prepare me for the next level. He’s seen guys get there and he could be a great guy to guide me to my dream.”
While Penn has had a good bond with Foster, he’s also had one with his recruiter, assistant coach Galen Scott.
“Coach Foster, he always keeps it straight,” Penn said. “He doesn’t sugar coat anything. He said he loves the way I play, loves my film. With Coach Scott, we don’t talk about just football, we talk about life and I like that. We have a good relationship and we don’t even talk about ball a lot.”
Between his two trips, Penn said he also has a good understanding of Virginia Tech as a whole.
“I feel like it’s a school with great people,” he said. “I love the people down there. They’ve always shown me love on Twitter. I love the fans, the coaches, and I love the area. There’s not a lot to do down there, so there’s not a lot of distractions. On both of my visits, the coaches all knew who I am, so they showed me a lot of love when I was there.”
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