Jacoby Pinckney (© Chad Simmons / Scout)

2019 WR Jacoby Pinckney already has offers from Duke, South Carolina and Virginia Tech

Schools out of the ACC and SEC are offering sophomore wide receiver Jacoby Pinckney. Get the latest on one of the best in South Carolina...

He is from South Carolina.  He plays for one of the top programs in the state.  He has size that schools will recognize immediately at wide receiver.  And he has scholarship offers as a sophomore.

Jacoby Pinckney picked up his first offer early in the summer from the in-state South Carolina Gamecocks.  Then it was Virginia Tech who jumped in next with an offer.  Duke became the third school to offer the 6-foot-3, 195 pound wide receiver out of Spartanburg (S.C.) Dorman last week.

He knows it is early, and these offers are just motivating him to keep getting better.


"Getting these offers is good, but at the end of the day, I have to play, and play well for them to mean something," said Pinckney.  "I know I have to go out, perform well, but they just motivate me to get better."

When Pinckney picked up offer No. 1 over the summer, he was excited.  He was not shocked, but a little surprised when Will Muschamp gave him the news.

"South Carolina surprised a little bit with the offer.  I thought I would get an offer from them, but I did not think it would come this early, so it did catch me by surprise."

Of course, like any offer, it was a good surprise.  The offer has helped the Gamecocks early in his recruitment.

"It gives South Carolina an edge a little bit because they were the first school to offer me and how they stay in contact with me all of the time.  Coach [Bobby] Bentley (running backs) is the coach who recruits me and I like him a lot.

"When I was at the camp, the coaching staff really stood out to me at.  They really get after it, they seem to have a new mentality and I was impressed by those guys at the camp."

He plans to be in Columbia (S.C.) later this fall to catch a game.  Pinckney has his eye on October 8, the day they host Georgia.

Pinckney had success this summer.  When he camped, the offers seem to come.  Virginia Tech was next, and he really impressed the Hokie coaching staff with his performance.

"The Virginia Tech coaches really liked what I was doing at camp," said Pinckney.  "They told me they were not used to seeing receivers do what I did at my age, so when they offered me, I was not that surprised.

"Right now, they like me and I like them.  They have had a lot of success, they have some tradition there and the environment was really nice up there.  I would like to get up there for a game too."

Those offers came before he started his sophomore year.  Duke offered last week.  

Derek Jones, Duke's defensive backs coach stopped by the school, he told Pinckney's coach about the offer, then the two spoke over the phone later.  Pinckney has yet to visit Duke, but the offer has put them on his radar.

"I think Duke has a great program football-wise and academically.  They have caught my attention."

Interest is starting to pick up in Pinckney, a sophomore that Scout considers to be one of the best in the Palmetto State regardless of class.  He is a physical wide receiver with a great frame, strong hands and the ability to make the tough catch in traffic.

He had a favorite school as a kid growing up, but with offers coming in, and him officially starting the recruiting process, he has started over with favorites.

"Clemson was my favorite school growing up, but now, during the recruiting process, you cannot have that mindset anymore," said Pinckney.  "I am looking at all the different schools now and Clemson is just another school on my list.

"I do not have a favorite school right now."

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