The final OL currently in the class of 2021, Dietrick Pennington signed his letter of intent to join Clemson in the class of 2021. Pennington hails from Cordova, TN, and is quite the specimen at 6’5” 326 lbs. He is a 4 star recruit with a .9182 rating who comes to Clemson thanks to the work of Robbie Caldwell. Pennington is the 13th ranked player at his position, and Clemson had competition from Auburn and Florida State for his signature.
QT’s take from his commitment:
I said early in the recruiting season that Pennington was a name to watch (I’m very surprised things escalated this quickly and I didn’t have this write up done like I normally do). Clemson coaches really loved Pennington and wanted to find a way to get him into the class. Clemson’s need this cycle on the offensive line was at the Tackle position, so once Tate and Linthicum were in the fold, the focus was rightly on high end Tackles. As those names have come off the board or Clemson’s standing has dropped somewhat—this was the correct next move.
I absolutely love Pennington as a player. He gives you a Guard/Tackle combo with scheme versatility. He could stay at Guard with his big body, but could also stick at RT. Think of the versatility of a player like Brandon Thomas or Jordan McFadden. Pennington is a bigger, thicker body, however, but he has the athleticism to play offense and defense for his high school team. Carries his body weight really well despite his imposing size. Love his feet and short space agility. He is going to need to learn advanced technique if he moves to Tackle but the talent is evident.