There’s an unwritten rule at Lee’s Summit West (Mo.) High School. While ESPN 300 defensive end Jamone Boyd gets most of the attention, Lane Pennington makes the plays on the opposite side of the line.
At 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds, Pennington has been one of LSW’s best-kept secrets – somewhat hard to believe considering he’s a returning all-state defensive lineman. Pennington oftentimes gets overshadowed because of Boyd, a 6-4, 255-pound, four-star prospect with Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Kansas State targeting him.
Pennington, who plays end and tackle, doesn’t have the national attention as Boyd, but he has been equally important in LSW’s first two victories of the season. In eight quarters, LSW’s starting defensive unit has held Kansas City, Mo., schools Staley and Park Hill to a combined seven points.
Pennington has 20 tackles and a sack through two games and first showed his efforts to a nationally televised audience two weeks ago against Staley, the defending Missouri Class 5 state champion.
“I think it’s my technique,” Pennington said. “I’m not Jamone’s size, but if I get my technique down, it helps against bigger and stronger players. I also have the drive and work ethic, and I just love the game.”
Pennington, a third-year varsity player, has picked up early interest from Tulsa, Eastern Illinois, South Dakota State and North Dakota State. He’s looking for his first offer and might pick it up with more performances like his last two.