QB Michael Penix discusses his recruitment
Posted by Tennessee Volunteers Insiders on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
RIVERVIEW, Fla. — Tampa Bay Tech quarterback Michael Penix is back on the recruiting market after parting ways with Tennessee.
Penix, who passed for 2,100 yards, 35 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in leading the Class 7A Titans to an 11-2 record and the regional finals, had been committed to the Vols since April 22.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones was under fire throughout most of last season leading up to his firing on Nov. 12, but Penix never wavered on his commitment to Tennessee.
“I committed to the school, not the coach, and I felt Tennessee would be the best place for me,” said Penix, whose most recent visit to Tennessee was on Nov. 18, with Brady Hoke serving as interim head coach. “I still say you need to believe in yourself, believe in your decisions and trust the process.”
Penix said he has no regrets, and he wouldn’t do things any differently, even after learning on Wednesday afternoon that the Vols no longer planned to offer him a scholarship.
Penix heard from new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt last Thursday that the Vols were still going to honor his commitment, but the 17-year-old said he understand how things change in college football.
On Wednesday, Tennessee assistant Tyson Helton called Penix and let him know the Vols no longer planned to offer him a scholarship, and he was no longer welcome to come on an official visit.
Already, Florida State and South Florida have visited Penix in his home with scholarship offers, and Indiana is scheduled to see him on Thursday.
“Things happen for a reason,” Penix said. “I appreciated the former staff believing in me, and the Tennessee fans being there for me and supporting me.
“Things will work out, I know God’s got me.”
Penix said he still plans to sign with a school on Dec. 20 and will enroll in January.
The Vols also lost previously committed quarterback Adrian Martinez on Wednesday, when Martinez chose to commit to Nebraska.