New in-state offer: 2020 RB Peny Boone

Submitted by Magnus on January 15th, 2019 at 4:06 PM

Michigan offered 2020 Detroit (MI) King running back Peny Boone. I was wondering how long it would take Michigan to offer, or even if they would. He's a 4-star, the #29 running back, and #340 overall at a listed 6'2", 225 lbs. His 40 time is listed at 4.81. Iowa, Nebraska, Tennessee, and others have already offered.

Here's a link to his highlights (LINK).



January 15th, 2019 at 4:28 PM ^

It's an interesting ones. Big backs haven't had a ton of success at Michigan in recent years. You probably have to go back to Anthony Thomas, or maybe B.J. Askew, depending on your definition of success. Boone has better feet and vision than someone like Derrick Green. Boone is a good back to pound the rock.


January 15th, 2019 at 8:46 PM ^

Yeah, it would be nice to have a "special" running back again.  One that defenses actually have to game plan for.  

Deveon was nothing but a "possession" running back.  He wasn't going to put the fear in a defense that he could take it to the house.

As far as him being "good" because he had a couple 750 yd seasons.  I wouldn't say that makes him "good".  Makes him nothing more than an "average" B10 running back at best.

Jack Be Nimble

January 16th, 2019 at 3:21 PM ^

I think you're underrating Smith. He played in some bad offenses early in his career, behind some very bad offensive lines, and he still graduated in the top 20 in career rushing yardage at Michigan.

It's true that he wasn't fast. That is, in fact, an understatement. His speed was below average for the position. But he was practically the Platonic ideal of a tackle-breaking back. Big, incredibly strong, and with the balance of a world-class gymnast. His lack of speed probably means that he'll never be an NFL guy, but as a college back, he was quite effective.


January 15th, 2019 at 8:00 PM ^

Peny Boone is the younger brother of Zurlon Tipton (Central Michigan, Indianapolis Colts) who passed away tragically a few years ago. That 4.8 40 time is legit. He’s a power back that lacks break away speed. I’ve watched him play since he was playing little league football


January 15th, 2019 at 10:08 PM ^

I’ve coached (as DC) against Peny twice. Comes from a good bloodline as his brother is the late Zurlon Tipton.

Boone was a backup at Warren Fitzgerald as a sophomore primarily due to his fumbling issues. He fumbled five times in the opening week. He was primarily used in the slot the rest of the year and scored once on a pass in his team’s 21-14 loss to us.

This year we faced him at King and he was the best player on their offense. We were able to shut down Finn and the D1 receivers on the outside but Peny killed us with two long second half TDs as they won by 2 scores.

He has the physical tools to be great. He has to work on his ballcarrying and he runs a bit too upright. A fair comparison right now would be Brandon Minor.