Colorado became the latest program to offer Pittsburgh, Pa., native Ed Tinker this week joining five other programs in West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota in the race for the 6-foot-1, 188-pound wide receiver. While it is still early in the recruiting process, Tinker does have a top five in mind right now and will try and visit those schools as the summer progresses.
"Coach (Darian) Hagan from Colorado told me an offer would be in the mail from them this week," Tinker said. "I was actually supposed to go and visit them this weekend, but I had a family commitment I couldn't get out of, so now I am planning to go visit them in July sometime. Coach Hagan is a real cool guy and is funny, always cracking jokes with me. I think if I went to school at Colorado we would have a great relationship with one another on and off the football field."
"Right now my top five at West Virginia, Michigan State, Minnesota, Iowa and Colorado and I want to visit them over the summer and try to find the place that is right for me, because that is all that matters in the end," Tinker explained. "I need to start getting to know the wide receivers coaches at these schools better to get a feel for how they will use me and what kind of people they are."
"I am planning on going to Minnesota for camp in June," Tinker added. "Coach (John) Butler and I talk all the time one way or another and he is a cool guy. He says they really need a receiver like me out there. I was also down at West Virginia on Sunday for their senior camp and just feel really comfortable being around all of the coaches. They work hard on the field, but are really fun off of it and are always open and honest with you about things."
"I talked to Tino Sunseri the other day who is committed to play quarterback for Louisville and he said he has been talking to them a lot about me," Tinker stated. "They have started to show a lot of interest lately and just sent me a text asking if I could give them a shout this week. I think they could be close to offering and it could be nice playing with Tino because he's a passionate guy with a good arm and great attitude."
"Other then that I have just been working really hard with my teammate Quamane Bryant doing one-on-one drills with each other to continue getting better. He has an offer from Ohio now and even though he is a bit small he is one of the best corners I've ever played against. I think he is really going to surprise some people who see him in person."
As a junior at Brashear High School, Tinker caught 36 passes for 516 yards and three touchdowns. He says he benches 225 pounds, squats 430 and has a 38-inch vertical jump.
Tinker reports a 2.4 core GPA and a 740 SAT. He is taking the ACT in June.