He’s one of the more intriguing athletes in the state of Washington this year, but 2016 Bellevue (Wa.) WR Tyson Penn knows he’s still got a lot to prove. Northwest Elite Index caught up with senior-to-be and he updated us on things including what camps he’s planning to attend this month…
“My football recruiting has been going perfect. I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Penn said after a recent camp. “I have offers right now from Hawaii, Montana, Utah State and UNLV and I’ve been hearing a lot from Oregon, Washington, Washington State, LSU, Cal and Oregon State.
“The camps I want to hit are Washington’s camp, probably the one on June 20th and my team will be in their 7-on-7 camp on Sunday the 21st.
“I’m also probably going to go to the LSU camp and I’m definitely trying to get down to UCLA and USC’s camps as well.”
With his 6’5″, 195-pound frame, Penn is an imposing figure once he steps on the field. Then throw in the fact that he has a legit 38-inch vertical and sub-4.5 speed, he’s a player with a ton of natural abilities, however, with Bellevue’s run-heavy offense, he isn’t quite as polished as some of the other wideouts that are vying for schools’ attention.
“I still have a lot to work on, but I’m getting there,” Penn noted. “When I got here, I was pretty lazy. That wasn’t really anyone’s fault or anything. That was my fault. Here at Bellevue, they demand you focus on every little thing, every aspect of your game, so I still have a lot to work on.
“Mostly I am focusing on polishing my overall game — getting better at running routes, working on my first few steps, my explosiveness out of my breaks and getting separation — so I have a lot to keep working on and getting better.”
Word is that Bellevue, with Justus Rodgers running the offense, will throw the ball more this fall. With his size, speed and overall athleticism, Penn could wind up being one of the most dangerous players in the state if not the region. He just needs to keep working on the finer points of the game.
Will he get there?
Don’t bet against it.