Ole Miss running back commit D’Vaughn Pennamon finished up his official visit to Alabama this weekend, and soon after it ended, a few Rebels coaches reached out to him.
Pennamon, a four-star prospect from Manvel (Texas) High School, told SEC Country that Ole Miss coaches were asking how the visit went but didn’t get into whether or not he was going to change his commitment.
“We didn’t talk about that,” Pennamon said. “At this point, it’s pretty much up to me. If I can get a better opportunity, go for it. It’s not their recruiting process, it’s mine. That’s just how I feel.”
Heading into the visit, Pennamon told SEC Country that Alabama really needed to wow him in order for him to seriously consider rethinking his commitment. The Crimson Tide gave their best shot.
“I was really impressed with the visit,” he said. “The people in Tuscaloosa are good people, very kind-hearted. I loved it. I liked it a lot.”
Nick Saban spent around 30 minutes with the four-star running back over the weekend, telling him why he should play for Alabama. Pennamon received a visit from the five-time national champion last week, and each time he’s done speaking with the coach, he leaves the conversation impressed with what he has to say.
“Being with coach Saban — he’s a different kind of coach,” he said. “He’s a different kind of guy. I really enjoyed spending time with him this weekend. He’s tough when he needs to be and pushes players when they need to be pushed. And then if you need to talk about something, I feel like he would be the perfect person to talk to about it because he’ll give you the side you may not want to hear and then also the realistic side of things.”
Now that Pennamon had some time to process the visit, he isn’t sure if he sees himself playing for Alabama or Ole Miss next season.
“I don’t really know at this moment,” he said. “I am going to sit down with my family and we’ll talk through it.”
The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder will announce his final decision on National Signing Day, but he said he’ll have his mind made up as soon as Feb. 1. He’ll take an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. It’s going to be a big visit for the Rebels coaches if they plan on keeping Pennamon in this year’s recruiting class.
“I don’t really need to see much,” he said. “I just need to sit down and talk with all of my coaches at Ole Miss and hear what they have to say.”
Pennamon is rated as the nation’s No. 6 running back, per the 247Sports composite.