Recruiting: Lakeshore QB Chris Penton commits to Southeastern La.
Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last summer, the highest honor in a player’s career.
Overlooked by all Division I schools, he opted to play college ball at Northern Iowa. Warner bounced around early in his pro career, making stops in the Arena League and NFL Europe. No one seemed to feel he had enough talent. Eventually, he did, and the rest is history.
Meet Lakeshore High School’s Chris Penton. All he did was lead the Titans to an undefeated regular season and into the Class 4A championship game.
Penton was recognized as the 4A Offensive MVP after tossing for 3,567 yards and 43 touchdowns, completing 70 percent of his attempts and adding eight rushing scores as well. He accounted for more touchdowns than anyone in the state.
His lack of size at 6-foot, 185 pounds is held against him but Penton has legitimate skills. He displayed a big time arm, good on touch passes and mobility to keep play alive yet focus his eyes downfield. Penton can place the ball in tight spots and survey the field to make good decisions.
Originally a defensive back at Lakeshore, Penton has toughness and athleticism. It also helped him understand coverages.
After considering offers from Louisiana College and Southwest College, Penton committed to Southeastern when the Lions produced an offer.
Penton models his game after another undersized signal caller, Russell Wilson.
He runs a 4.55 forty, bench presses 300 pounds, squats 375 with a 32″ vertical and maintains a 3.2 GPA.
For those who felt Penton’s size didn’t quite measure up, they forgot to take a look at his heart. you might even call it the green and gold heart of a Lion now. He is a winner regardless of his physical size.
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