Pinkney considers the ACC

The class of 2004 database continues to grow with the latest addition being QB/Ath Patrick Pinkney from Pine Forest High School.

Patrick Pinkney is a three sport athlete from Fayetteville's Pine Forest High. He was a Two Rivers All-Conference performer last year as he helped the Trojan's to an 8-3 record and an invitation to the NCHSAA 4-AA football play-offs.

Pine Forest lost a heart breaker to Southeast Raleigh 15-14 as time ran out with the Trojans on the one yard line. On third and goal with 19 seconds left, Pinkney took the snap and stumbled while handing off to the Trojan Fullback. The play was stopped dead on the one yard line. The Trojans desperately tried to get the field goal unit in place, but with no time-outs remaining, the clocked ticked to zero leaving Pine Forest one yard short to the round two of the 4-AA State Championship.

While the loss was disappointing, it did not erase the successful season that the Trojans had. They finished third (4-2) in their conference, with a 9-3 overall record and were ranked as the number 10 team in the final state rankings.

Pinkney finished the year with 108 rushes for 643 yards (6.0 YPC) while averaging 58 yards per game. He also had 10 rushing touchdowns.

Patrick completed 49% (67 for 137) of his passes for 958 yards. He average 14.3 yards per completion. He also threw 7 TDs while being picked off 8 times.

Much of the ACC has taken noticed of the QBs ability. TSW asked Patrick which schools currently are recruiting him for football. "All of the ACC. Maryland to Florida State and all those in between. I also am hearing from Penn State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Colorado."

While the early list is substantive and lengthy, Patrick has a few that are standing out in his eyes. "Florida State, NC State, Miami and Penn State are my early favorites. But it is early." Early indeed, as Patrick has yet to receive any offers. Most schools are still evaluating this talented athlete.

Pinkney also is a standout basketball player for the Trojans where he plays the 1, 2 and 3 positions. He was recently named to the Two Rivers All-Tournament team after his team was beaten in the championship game by E.E. Smith 48-45. He is averaging 12.5 points and 2.8 assists. The College of Charleston, Elon and Richmond have all be in contact with him about future basketball plans.

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