Pinkey set to visit two

It was once thought Nebraska was out in front for Jared Pinkney of Norcross (Ga.) High School. With coaching changes, however, come changes in leaders for recruits. The 6-foot-5, 225 pound wide receiver has Vanderbilt among his top three schools, and spoke with VandyMania.com on his upcoming official visit to the university.

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"I was offered by Coach (Charles) Bankins back on October 7th," Pinkney said. "They had some high praise for me. He said the coaches think I'm like Calvin Johnson with the same body type and similarities in our game. That's high praise to be compared with Megatron, but I appreciate the compliment.

"I like Vanderbilt for a number of reasons. First is academics. Their level of academics is very attractive to me. I'd be earning one of the top degrees in the country. Second, I kind of liked how they said they'd move me around in the offense; inside, outside, flex receiver with my hand on the ground. And third, is the opportunity to play in the SEC. That's huge. It's a conference I've always wanted to play in. Obviously, I can't tell you how much I like it because I haven't been there yet, but I can in January.
"My top three are Vanderbilt, UCF, and Missouri."

The productive pass catcher made a visit to Nebraska for an official visit in November. With the change of coaches in Lincoln, Pinkney decided on taking a few more official visits before he selects a final destination for college on National Signing Day.

"I'd like to play for a coaching staff that's ready and prepared and that I'm comfortable with," he said. "I'd like to know that I'm needed in the program. I don't necessarily have to join a team that's had a lot of recent success but one I feel that's moving in the right direction and has team chemistry. I'm going to take these last two visits and probably commit close to Signing Day."

In his third year as a starter at Norcross, Pinkney took All-Region, All-Conference, and All-State honors leading the Blue Devils to a 7-4 record. In his last game against Archer, Pinkney made six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. Norcross was 35-6 and two state championships with Pinkney as a starter.

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