"Louisville's linebacker coach (Reggie Johnson) called (Tuesday) and said ‘I want (Stone) but I've just got to run it by the head coach and we'll probably offer in the next day or two,'" said Erik Kimrey, Pinckney's high school coach. "They are setting up a visit to get Stone up there. I know he's going to Northwestern the first weekend in December."
Pinckney currently holds one offer from Northwestern. If the Cardinals follow suit with an offer, Pinckney would put Louisville under strong consideration for his signature come National Signing Day.
"I think that would move Louisville close to the top," Kimrey said. "He wants to play big-time football. So I think obviously Northwestern and Louisville would be in the running. But he also loves the North Carolina schools. He loves N.C. State and North Carolina. So those two are up there as well. But I think he's pretty wide-open and wants to take some visits."
Pinckney, a true sleeper prospect, has blossomed into one of the Palmetto State's top players this season.
"He's not quite 6-foot – he's probably 5-11 and a ½. He's 210, runs a sub 4.6 and benches 370," said Kimrey. "He played middle linebacker this year but he played outside linebacker for us last year. For the year he has 153 tackles and 8 sacks. And we don't even blitz him – sometimes we just tell him to go. He's caused four fumbles and has 15 tackles for loss."
"He's a kid that after his junior season just really committed himself to the weight room. So we feel like he's kind of a late bloomer and all of these schools are coming onto him late," Kimrey added. "His senior film is impressive, a lot more so than his junior film. His junior film was good but he has a natural knack for the ball and he's a great face in tackler."
Pinckney has seen his recruitment pickup recently.
"Vanderbilt has been down to see him, Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and we think more (schools) will come down," Kimrey said. "He was probably a small Division I (prospect) but I think he's starting to bump up to a mid-major Division I (prospect)."
Pinckney also does well in the classroom and will have no problem qualifying academically for college.