LSU got some good news to start the week as middle linebacker Greg Penn III out of DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland committed to the Tigers’ 2021 recruiting class Sunday afternoon.
After adding a pair of outside linebackers—California’s Raesjon Davis and Georgia’s Zavier Carter—the Tigers finally get a man in the middle with Penn. Penn is a four-star recruit, ranked ninth among all middle linebackers and 183rd overall in the 247 composite. Penn was primarily recruited by Bo Pelini, his first get as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.
“As soon as coach Pelini got the job, he hit me up and told me he was going to be coming after me,” Penn said. “He loves my film and he loves what I can do. Our relationship really just grew from there. He got close with my mom and my dad and that relationship kept growing and I felt comfortable with him. Our relationship grew and I wanted to play for him.”
Penn visited LSU at last year’s Florida game and has some connections to both the program and Louisiana. Penn is friends with current LSU freshman safety Jordan Toles, who is from Baltimore, and his uncle is Cory Robinson, a defensive assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints.
Going up to Maryland and adding Penn is keeping with LSU’s trend of becoming a national brand on the recruiting trail. Of the 16 current commits, 13 are from outside the state of Louisiana. LSU has commits from players out of Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, and Virginia.
The addition of Penn pushes LSU’s 2021 recruiting class into a top-five ranking. The Tigers are now fifth in the 247 composite and second in the SEC.