Pinckney reflects on Clemson, favorites

As Clemson's defense became a focal point over the last few seasons, so did defensive tackles like Grady Jarrett and DeShawn Williams.

DT Nyles Pinckney Profile

The next wave of tackles in the likes of D.J. Reader and Scott Pagano will be relied upon heavily to account for the same impact their predecessors did each Saturday.

While Clemson coaches up that next group of defensive tackles, the Tigers' coaching staff is looking to make headway at the same position in recruiting. One of those targets at defensive tackle is 2016 3-star prospect Nyles Pinckney (Seabrook, S.C.) from Whale Branch Early College High School. Pinckney has an impressive list of offers attached to his name. The talented junior took some time to catch up with CUTigers to talk about his recruitment by in-state Clemson.

"I've been there for two games. I've been to the USC game and also North Carolina. Most of what I like about Clemson is Coach Swinney, his way of running things and the family atmosphere," said Pinckney.

Clemson's staff has proven it knows how to develop skilled defensive tackles and what to look for as they evaluate recruits. This is no different when it comes to Pinckney. "They like my quickness and strength and how I get off the ball," explained the junior.

Pinckney boasts offers from both in-state schools and has 10 scholarships total to date. Although it's been quiet recently, Pinckney continues to get attention from schools all over the southeast. "The last offer I got was Duke about a month ago," continued Pinckney.

He claims no favorites right now, but Pinckney is taking advantage of his chance to go see his suitors when he can.

"I went to USC recently, and it was a good visit. I enjoyed looking around the academic center and talking to Coach Adams. I should be visiting Georgia Tech soon. Probably between April 10-18," said Pinckney.

Pinckney is 6-foot-2 and weighs 275 pounds and has been clocked at 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He is rated as the 6th best prospect and as the number 1 defensive tackle in the state of South Carolina by Scout. Top Stories