July 8, 2013
Spartans one of top choices for Ohio ATH
One of the top uncommitted prospects in the state of Ohio for the class of 2014 is athlete JayJay Pinckney of Sylvania Southviews High School. Michigan State would like to see Pinckney become a member of the Green and White. SpartanMag.com has the latest.
Wide receiver recruitng is one of the more important positions for the cass of 2014. The recent departure of Kyle Kerrick along with Jay Harris means that players signed in the class of 2014 should have chance to see the field relatively early in their career. Pinckney is a player the staff sees as having the upside potential to excel in the pro-style offense the Spartans employ. We asked him about his recruitment by Michigan State.
"I visited Michigan State about two weeks ago," Pinckney said. "I loved my visit up there. I really like coaching staff and program. I also like that the school has many top academic programs. Coach Samuel and I keep in touch often, I also talk with Coach Tressel."
One of the reasons why the Spartan like Pinckney is that he has has both size and explosiveness. This past spring Pinckeny jumped 23'8 in a track meet and was a state finalist in that event and in the 400-Meters. We spoke with him about his current size and his strengths as player.
"I am 6-foot-3.5 and 180-pounds," he said. "My strengths are my size and my speed. I can use that to may advantage no matter if I line up outside or in the slot."
Earlier this spring Pinckney was able to take time out from track to attend the Rivals Camp Service event that was held in Cincinnati. He was cited as one of the top performers on the day. Rivals Analyat Woody Wommack had the following to say.
"Pinckney is a long, lean wide receiver who knows how to go up and get the ball over smaller defenders. He moves well and also runs pretty sharp routes and he feasted on smaller cornerbacks on Saturday."
Pinckney has double-digit scholarships on the table. His list of offers not only includes Michigan State, but Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Lousiville, Boston College, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. He recently narrowed his list of top schools down to 4 which includes Michigan State, Indiana, Boston College and Cincinnati. He told Matt Weaver of Peegs.com the following.
"They are all pretty much even but Indiana and Michigan State are really sticking out to me a little more than the others. I am thinking about making a decision close to the end of my senior season, so probably around the end of October."
As far as what he is looking for in a school, Pinckeny offered the following information.
"I'm looking for a strong all around athletic program and strong academic. I want to be at a school I am comfortable with everything."
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