Utah added their second commit to their 2017 class: Snow College (Ephraim, Utah) defensive lineman John Penisini. The other 2017 commit is Provo wide receiver Ty Jones.
I'm shutting down my recruiting to focus on school, and I wanted to say that I'm committing to the University of Utah! #GoUtes!— John Penisini (@Dub_jayy_boy) March 2, 2016
He is being compared to another former Snow College defensive tackle who played for Utah: Tenny Palepoi, who currently plays for the San Diego Chargers.
Talked to Snow College coach Britt Maughan about John Penisini. Compared his explosiveness, attitude to Tenny Palepoi.— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) March 2, 2016
Penisini is 6' 2", 285 pounds. In his Hudl film, it is easy to see why Penisini is getting compared to Palepoi. His explosiveness really is reminiscent of Palepoi. Penisini gets off blocks well. He can both stuff the run and rush the passer, which is necessary to play defensive line at Utah. This a great pickup for Utah. He should be able to get playing time in Utah's defensive line rotation right away. Penisini continues the pipeline of Snow College defensive linemen to Utah (which includes Palepoi and Star Lotulelei among others).