ASU: Massive athlete with the ability to be a forceful defensive tackle for ASU... a perfect fit at tackle in any defensive scheme... is regarded as being tremendously athletic for his size... excels as a run-stopper... has two years of eligibility to play at ASU.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Listed by Rivals.com as the No. 6 junior college defensive tackle and the No. 36 overall junior college prospect for 2011... rated as the No. 61 overall junior college prospect in the country by SuperPrep... regarded by Scout.com as one of the Top-13 junior college defensive tackles in the nation... was a junior college teammate of ASU punter Josh Hubner and a high school teammate of Sun Devil Matthew Tucker... totaled 37 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss and two sacks as a sophomore at Scottsdale Community College... earned All-American honors in 2011... tallied 34 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss and five sacks as a freshman in 2010... chose ASU over reported FBS offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UTEP, Washington State and West Virginia... coached by John Schultz at Grandview High School and by Doug Madoski at Scottsdale Community College... "I have friends on the team [at ASU] and I promised out of high school that I would play with them," said Pennel. "I also want to be a part of something where I am more needed than wanted. Plus, I love Tempe."... verbally committed to ASU on Jan. 24, 2012.