In-State Specialist Says Duke Offer Close

In-state recruiting continues to be a focus for Duke as does the needs to land a scholarship place kicker. Yesterday we profiled one potential prospect. Today we look a bit closer to home.

"Right now I have a verbal offer from East Carolina," said Concord (N.C.) NW Cabarrus standout Bradley Pinion. "I'd like to hear from other schools such as Clemson, USC, and Georgia. I am hearing a lot from Duke, Auburn, and Florida."

At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Pinion was voted his conference's special teams player of the year as a junior. With coaches trying to figure out how best to maximize scholarships when it comes to offering kickers, it appears as though Pinion has convinced several schools they'd do well in bringing him in.

That's been the case when comparing Duke to the other potential suitors on his list.

"Duke has probably showed the most interest in me so far, they try and get me up there all the time and are all the time sending me emails and mail. I believe they will offer soon."

"My recruiting coach, Coach Collins…me and him are very close, we cut up and it is like I'm talking to one of my friends. Id say his biggest strength is joking and being easy to talk to."

A good relationship with the coaching staff is just one area where Duke has made an impression on Pinion. Another review came when he visited the campus. But those visits may have been a bit of a double edged sword.

"I've visited Duke numerous times; It left a good impression on me but at the same time left me wondering if they were a big enough football school for me. I didn't expect the head coach to know my name without a name tag on. I do know they are improving their facilities and working on tightening things down on the field."

While he doesn't claim a leader, Pinion says he favors a top group of Duke, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, and North Carolina. He's going to spend the early summer camping in hopes of drumming up more offers.

"I see the camps as a chance to see the schools and getting to know the coaches. Hopefully I perform well enough to receive more offers. I want to prove that I am the best punter/kickoff specialist in the nation and I want to improve every aspect of my kicking game."

So, at the end of the day, what is Pinion looking for in a school and when does he want to make a decision?

"I want to end up at a place where I can get a good education but is also a big time football school. I'd like to make my decision before my senior year because I plan to graduate early. This will allow me to get an early enrollment into college and be one step ahead of the competition."

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