Playing for a private school can be a detriment to any player with aspirations of making it the division one level. However, the fact remains that talent is talent, regardless of the competition and coaches will find you if you’re good enough. That’s been the case for LB Stone Pinckney from the Hammond School in Columbia, SC. Overlooked for much of the year by the college scouts, he has seen interest from a couple of D-1 schools pick up their interest as of late.
At 5-11, 205 pounds, Pinkney doesn’t have prototypical size for a linebacker but what he lacks on the scales, he more than makes up for on the football field. As a junior he helped lead Hammond to a state title by racking up 120 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and three sacks.
This season, Hammond boasts an 11-1 record and will play this Friday for another state championship with Pinckney leading the way on defense yet again. On the year he’s collected 155 tackles, eight sacks, one interception and four forced fumbles.
Two weeks ago Pinckney landed his first division one scholarship offer from Northwestern. He’s also seen the interest from NC State ramp up over the last few weeks. Pinckney took the Pack up on their offer to attend the UNC game this past weekend and he talked about how his visit went.
“I liked the game and I love the school there,” he said. “It was actually my second game at State. I came for the Virginia game a couple of weeks ago. You can just tell State is a team on the rise because since the bye week they’ve been a new team.
“I really like them a lot. I love the coaches and the facilities and I would love playing for them.”
Pinckney also had a chance to talk to a couple of the Wolfpack coaches. They told him they liked what they’ve seen of him on film.
“I had a chance to talk to my recruiting coach, coach Petercuskie,” he said. “He told me he’s coming to visit at my school real soon. Coach McCollum said they liked me on film but they told me to be patient and keep them in mind. They’re still evaluating me and wanted to look at some more tape so we’ll see what happens.”
Pinckney said he has an official visit set with Northwestern for Dec 1st but he’s still holding out hope for a Wolfpack offer.
“I really would like to commit by the end of the year,” said Pinckney. “I’ve got my visit to Northwestern in December and I could commit then. I’m going to wait for NC State but I can’t wait too long.”