Tinker Returns From Pitt

After bringing in the eight ranked recruiting class in the country, Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and the rest of the Pittsburgh coaching staff turn their focus to working on the Class of 2008. Today they took a first step in the right direction, hosting dozens of star athletes for junior day.

Ed Tinker, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver from Pittsburgh, Pa., was offered by the coaching staff back in September, but getting players onto campus is what matters in recruiting. Today the Brashear High standout visited for junior day and had some positive things to say about the experience.

"They had us all eat breakfast together and then split us up by position," Tinker explained. "We went and watched film of what the team did last year in the passing game and also took a quick peak at the playbook and what would be involved."

"Coach (Bob) Junko is my recruiter and has stopped up to the school a few times to meet with me, the latest being in January," Tinker said. "He always speaks the truth with you and is a real funny guy to talk to. One thing I really like about Pitt is how comfortable they make you feel. I really like it there."

Pittsburgh hosted Washington today, edging out the Huskies 65-61 on the hardwood and the coaching staff treated visiting juniors with a small taste of what it's like to play competitive sports at Pittsburgh.

"The basketball game was real good. It was a real close game and they won, which was cool. It was just packed at the game and really loud, so the atmosphere was great there."

"I'd rate the visit an 8 out of 10," Tinker stated. "My favorite thing about the visit was definitely going to the basketball game and being able to check out the facilities. They're changing a lot of things for the better and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future."

As a junior at Brashear High, Tinker caught 36 passes for 516 yards and three touchdowns. He is also hearing from about a dozen other Division I programs at this time.

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