Kyle Pennington was determined to play football at a division one school and was holding scholarship offers to play quarterback at UNA and Tuskegee but chose not to accept those offers.
Pennington was left wondering about his football future and was undecided when he received a phone call March 5, 2007 from the University of Alabama.
"One day I was sitting in class, and I got a call from Alabama," Pennington explained from Chatom, (Ala.). "They had watched my film and said they really liked what they saw. From there I went on to receive an offer as a preferred walk-on to the University of Alabama."
Pennington comes from a Washington County team that handed off the ball near 80-percent of the time, but he did have solid numbers as a high school quarterback. He tells ScoutSouth.com what he expects in Tuscaloosa.
"I'm going to go in there as an athlete," he said. "I will work on the scout team as a quarterback, defensive back and probably some special teams."
"I have been working hard since the end of baseball season. Tom Moss is my trainer, and he has helped me out a lot. The last time I was at Alabama I weighed 175. That was toward the end of baseball season. I'm up to 190, and I have been running the 40 consistently around 4.58. I have been working out very hard."
"I expect to get redshirted this fall, and hopefully I can work hard enough to get some playing time in 2008. I want to compete. I'm going down there to work my way into playing time in the future."
It was obvious when talking to Kyle Pennington he is excited about the opportunity to play at Alabama. ScoutSouth.com asked what this has meant to him, and he was kind enough to share his thoughts with us.
"It really has meant a lot to have this opportunity come my way," he said. "It came out of no where, and I didn't see it coming at all. It is exciting. I'm looking forward to getting there in July for orientation, meeting some of my teammates and getting started in two-a-days. I'm really looking forward to it."
Pennington also excels off the field with a 3.8 grade point average as well as an advanced honor student.
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Washington County's Kyle Pennington went through the recruiting process last season with several schools showing interest in his services, but on NSD he was left wondering about his next move. He updates ScoutSouth.com with the latest news...
ScoutSouth.com reports of preferred walk-on for the Crimson Tide.