TSW asked Patrick what his recent visit to Junior Day was all about. "Well, it went well. I met a lot of new athletes and that was good. I also met the coaching staff. When I walked in the door, Coach Amato greeted me and asked me why I was late. I started laughing and told him it was my parents fault. All the other coaches introduced themselves and they all seemed glad we were there."
Pinkney and his parents also had a two other players who made the trip with them. Fayetteville EE Smith Linebackers Darren Dumas and Aaron Curry, who is Patrick's brother, also went to Junior Day. He was able to meet a few players while there. "I met some recruits. Greenville Rose running back Andre Brown and the linebacker from 71st was there. I also met the quarterback from Broughton, Daniel Evans."
Once the activities got started, Patrick told TSW that Coach Curt Cignetti, the recruiting coordinator, and Jody Malone, the academic coordinator, spoke to the group of Juniors.
Coach Amato also addressed the crowd. "He told us that NC State is on the rise and that they had lost a lot of seniors but that the recruiting class that was just signed would be very helpful and good for the next few years. He told us that NC State would be the first NC team to win a National Championship. He also told us how important to have our academics and SAT in order. That was the most important thing."
Patrick also got to tour the new football facilities at Carter-Finley, who came away impressed with what he saw. "I toured the new 55 million dollar football building and it's the best I have ever scene. It will be ready in about 3 weeks."
After all the touring and speeches, Patrick and his entourage were able to take in the NC State/Maryland game.
We asked Pinkney's for his overall impressions of NC State. "It is a great institution with great academics. They have a great coach who is really on top of it all. They really look after the athletes there."