It was a sold-out, electric atmosphere in The Swamp on Saturday. If you were in charge of recruits at the game you couldn’t have been happier. One of those that was in attendance is place kicker Eddy Pineiro of ASA College in Miami, a junior college kicker currently committed to Alabama. You would have to think after Saturday that Pineiro may be thinking about things.
“Honestly, I wanted to see what The Swamp was all about,” Pineiro said after he surprised everyone one and showed up on Twitter with a picture of himself at the game. “I heard great stuff about the program on game day and with the sold out stadium and stuff. I wanted to experience it. Honestly, it is the best college experience and my first college experience in a sold out stadium. It was absolutely awesome and I really loved it. I want to thank all of the coaches for giving me the opportunity to be there.”
Marc Nudelberg is an assistant on staff and has assited special team's coordinator Greg Nord when he is allowed to do so.
“I got the tour of the school during the kicking camp and facilities,” Pineiro said. “On game day I was just there with the recruits and stuff, it was really nice. I was talking with Coach Nudelberg. He is such a great guy and has done a great job.”
The staff has let Pineiro know that he could be an instant impact.
“They were telling me they were struggling in the kicking game and told me I would be a big impact on the team,” he said. “I think it is a great opportunity. It is only a four hour drive, I am still at home and friends can come see me play. Not just football wise, but school wise, UF is a great school as well.”
He does plan on coming back for an official visit as well.
“I am planning on officially visiting during the end of the season when my soccer season is over,” he said. “I have a bunch of conference games coming up with my JuCo right now, so I am looking forward to that.”
There is a huge hurdle to cross for the Gators. That is Pineiro’s commitment to Alabama.
“I have been committed to them for three months,” he said. “It’s the school I want to go to, but this recruiting game is crazy and you never know what can happen. It’s always nice to stay closer to home. I want to take my official visit to Alabama and really see the school and game environment. Florida is very high in my mind as well, so we’ll see what happens.”
Along with the Gators and Crimson Tide, Georgia and Miami are other schools Pineiro is still considering. Whoever gets him will get one heck of a booming leg and a guy that should be able to play for four more years.
“Wherever I decide to enroll, I’m in my last semester of junior college right now and I graduate in December,” he said. “Whatever school I decide to go to I will be a mid-year guy and there in the spring. I will still have four full years that I can play football when I arrive.”