Jonathan Pennix Locks In Decision Date

Jonathan Pennix
Jonathan Pennix recently picked up a Virginia Tech offer. (@jonathan_pennix)

Jonathan Pennix
Cornerback, Class of 2023
Appomattox County, Appomattox, VA
5-11, 170

It’s been nearly a month since Appomattox (Va.) three-star athlete Jonathan Pennix announced a commitment date of Oct. 13.

In the time since then, Pennix took in three gameday visits, to Virginia, Penn State and recently to Virginia Tech. That date remains firmly in place for his recruitment to wrap up, but as he pores over his options, Pennix said the decision will come down to a few primary factors.

“I definitely want to feel at home,” he said. “That’s really one of the biggest things, where I’m meant to be. I want to step on campus and it just feels right. I want my family to come watch me play. If they can see me play and I’m happy, those are the main things. And obviously, the education.”

Pennix’s visit to Blacksburg for the Wofford game was his fifth, but his first gameday experience with the new coaching staff in place. This trip, however, ended with a scholarship offer.

“I like how you feel, just so much love,” Pennix said of the Hokies. “All the recruiting assistants know my name. They have a family feel. They said after the game that Coach (Brent) Pry wanted to meet me, so I went to his office and talked to him, Coach (Fontel) Mines, Coach Cheetah (Derek Jones) and they offered me a scholarship. That meant a lot. People around here always knew, that wasn’t necessarily my dream place, but that’s the offer I really wanted. I really wanted to earn it. When (Pry) offered, he said I earned it, that it wasn’t given to me.”

Pennix also visited for a game last fall, junior day in January, a spring practice visit and a camp in June. Throughout the process, he said the coach primarily recruiting him has changed, as Virginia Tech has tried to project what position he fits best.

“I was being recruited at first as a DB, safety and corner, so it was Coach Cheetah,” Pennix said. “But Coach (Joe) Rudolph came quick, as my area recruiter. Our first game, I had a really big game on offense. I guess Coach Mines saw it, because he texted me and said, ‘I didn’t know you liked offense like that.’”

Overall, Pennix said he likes what he’s seen from Virginia Tech on and off the field.

“I love Virginia Tech,” he said. “That’s an in-state school, and Coach Pry is big on in-state guys, the old Virginia Tech style. Every visit, he said Virginia Tech was Clemson before Clemson was Clemson. They’re trying to build that back and that’s one thing I like about it.”

On Sept. 3, Pennix was at Virginia for the Cavaliers’ game against Richmond. He said the trip gave him a slightly different perspective on the school and football program.

“The thing I like about UVA is Coach (Tony) Elliott,” Pennix said. “Me and Coach (Curome) Cox hadn’t had a relationship, but we have a good one now. They’re really laid-back and I like that, very player friendly. Coach Elliott, after the game, he said they treat every win like a big win, no matter who they play. Every game is good for him and that really stood out for me.”

On Sept. 10, Pennix was on hand for Penn State’s win over Ohio. The Nittany Lions have not offered a scholarship, but Pennix said he’s still hopeful.

“That game was crazy, against Ohio,” he said. “It was 107,000 and the atmosphere is probably