"I really like Alabama and Ole Miss," Pinkston said. "I feel comfortable with these coaches and players and I've been getting to know them for a while."
He says the Tide and Rebels are also recruiting him the hardest. Pinkston has scheduled an official visit with Mississippi on Jan. 21. "They're really trying to get me," he said. "They said that I'm an athlete and they'd play me anywhere they'd need me. Most schools are just recruiting me as receiver.
"I also really like their offense and how explosive they are," he said about the Rebels.
Pinkston does not have an official visit set with Alabama yet. "But I'll definitely try to visit them," he said. "Hopefully it'll be early in January, or sometime midweek.
"I love the balance, pro-style offense they run," he said about the Tide. "They produce good players and I think I'd be able to produce there. They are losing some receivers, so they need me."
Growing up Pinkston followed Southern Miss (his brother, Todd Pinkston, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, played wide receiver for the Golden Eagles) and will visit them on Jan. 28.
Pinkston also plans on taking an official visit to Northwestern State in Louisiana. "I've gotten pretty close with the coaches," he said. "And I told them I'd come check them out. They've been recruiting me for a long time and I just want to see what kind of offense they run and how they'd want to use me."
He says he'll decide after his trips.
"I'll be looking at the depth chart because I want to play early," he said.
Pinkston played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star game on Dec. 11. "That's why I wasn't able to have any coaches visit me," he said. "I was at the game."
He reports a 3.3 core GPA and a 15 ACT, which he plans to retake in February.