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Tennessee QB prospect Michael Penix has been loyal to the Vols throughout the process.

Tampa QB Michael Penix has been loyal and reliable Tennessee target

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s 2018 recruiting class is down to 11 commits with the start of the early signing period fast approaching.

The Vols, have, however, held on to key in-state targets as well as quarterbacks Michael Penix and Adrian Martinez.

Martinez has began taking other visits and might not be as firm as he once was, but Penix, from Tamp Bay Tech, has held strong.

Penix has a 3-star rating, and he’s ranked as the nation’s 530th player and No. 20 player at his position — No. 88 in the state of Florida.

Having seen Penix play in person, and interviewed him and his coach last spring, it’s clear the rankings don’t take everything into account.

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“I am Pro Style, but I can run,” Penix told SEC Country. “When I scramble I’m looking to throw before I’m looking to run because I want to get the ball into the playmakers’ hands.

“We go shotgun, we go under center, and we’ll  go spread, it’s a complex offense,” he said. “I make a lot of reads based on what the defense is showing me, make sure we’re in sync and running the right plays.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has said throughout the recruiting process that he likes the Tennessee fans and the atmosphere on Rocky Top.

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Penix has stayed firm throughout the process, even with the Vols struggling to a 4-8 finish and a winless conference mark.

From a recruiting standpoint, even when all of the Tennessee hype was going to Martinez, Penix did not waver.

There’s no reason to believe that will change with Jeremy Pruitt in charge.