Brad Tinsley, a 6'3, 190-pound shooting guard from Oregon City, Oregon, has become a hot commodity this spring. A one time Pepperdine commitment, Tinsley was granted a release from his letter-of-intent to Pepperdine after head coach Vance Walberg's resignation from the program. Since then, Oregon, Arizona State, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, USC, and other major programs courted Tinsley, each offering a scholarship.
Tinsley, however, has since narrowed his list down to two schools and has taken visits to each school over the past few weeks. "I cut it down to just those two," Tinsley said of Wake Forest and Vanderbilt, the two schools he has visited this month.
This past weekend, Tinsley made an official visit to Wake Forest. Tinsley arrived in Winston-Salem on Thursday evening and began his visit at Wake Forest on Friday morning. "The trip was a lot of fun," Tinsley said. "it's a lot of eating and they're all a lot of fun. Vanderbilt was a lot of fun and this one was a lot of fun. We got a tour of the campus, got to hang out with the guys, and get to know the coaching staff and see what they're trying to teach."
"I would say the guys are really nice and the coaching staff is a great group," he said in regards to the highlights of his trip. "They run a style of play that is really good for guards."
Two weeks ago, Tinsley took an official visit to Vanderbilt, his other finalist. "It was kind of the same things there," he said. "Both the coaching staffs are great guys. They equal out with great character. Vandy's guys were like Wake's, both took me under their wings and taught me some stuff. Playing with both teams, I tried to envision myself there and how I fit in with both teams. It was great to compare both. There were both really good."
Many individuals who followed Tinsley's recruitment believed Vanderbilt was leading prior to Tinsley visiting Wake Forest. However, Tinsley noted that his two finalists are in a dead heat heading into the final weeks of his recruitment. "After this visit I'd say it's dead even right now," Tinsley said. "I've got to sit down and really think about it. I'm going to just pray about it and let God lead me in the right direction."
Heading into his visit with Wake Forest, Tinsley said he wanted to decide within a week or two from visiting Winston-Salem. He maintains that he will make a decision in this timeframe. "It will probably be a maximum of two weeks, maybe this week," he said.
With two similar types of schools on his list, Tinsley will evaluate his choices in the coming days and continue to pray about his college decision. "I think the ultimate deciding factor is where I feel comfortable the most and the style of play. Those are huge. Also the coaches but as I said, both of the coaching staffs are great."
Regardless of his final destination, expect Tinsley to make an immediate splash at the next level. This past season, Tinsley helped carry Oregon City High School to their best record in school history, a 28-2 mark, while scoring 24 points, dishing 6.5 assists, and grabbing 6 rebounds per contest.
Stay tuned to DeaconSports as Tinsley makes his college decision and for the latest in Wake Forest recruiting.