We receive a lot of links to highlight film every day. Yes we look at all of them eventually within a day or two. One prospect who really caught our eye last week was 2017 J.L. Mann running back Jaylon Pinson. His numbers don't jump out at you initially because he came back from an injury but he put together a strong statement to end the season for the Patriots. He's "UP NEXT" here on SCPrepNation.com.
"Due to an injury this year I only played the last five games this year. I had 73 carries for 593 yards."
Despite the injury Pinson was impressive with a 8.1 yard per carry average. A pair of games stood out for the 5'10 180 pound prospect as his most memorable ones.
"Well there were two games. One was the spirit week game against our rivals Greenville and on my first touch on varsity I ran a 70 yard touchdown to put us in the lead and the crowd went crazy. After two more carries I ended the game with 3 carries for 88 yards because they wanted to save me for the next game because I was just coming back from my injury."
"The other memorable game was running all over Spartanburg to end the season. I had 30 carries for 160 yards in that homecoming game." (Spartanburg won the game and would go on to win the AAAA Division 2 state championship)
Although he just finished up his sophomore season and only played in 5 games Pinson shows excellent balance, power, burst, and skills out of the backfield. With 2 more seasons to go he's got a bright future ahead of him for coach Brian Strickland's Patriots.
We asked the 2017 prospect to break down his game for us and he had this to say. "I would say my vision, my speed, and my ability to break tackles are my biggest strengths. I've been working on my footwork, staying in the gym to get stronger, and working on my speed every week since my last game of the season to try and get better."
That work in the weight room hasn't gone unnoticed either. He picked up some hardware for his work a few weekends ago.
"I just got second in the state strength meet competition in Lexington in the 180 pound class."
Despite playing in only five games this season Pinson has already heard from a couple of schools early on in the process he says.
Pinson wants to hear more from all of the schools mentioned moving forward he says. He also talked about a pair of players he tries to emulate his style of play after.
Healthy and finishing strong at the end of his sophomore season he chimed in with some goals he's set forth for his team and himself next year during his junior campaign.
"My goals for the team is to help as much as I can to take them to the playoffs and my personal goals are to rush for over 2,000 yards."
Just as he continues to work in the weight room to get better Pinson says he's doing the same in the classroom as well.
"I have a 3.6 GPA right now and I'm in the process of getting a 4.0. I'm working hard everyday also to break a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash too."
We'll have more updates with Pinson as he's got a lot of tools at running back to be a highly sought after prospect during these next two seasons. Check out some of his testing measurables below and also find out how to follow us on Twitter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JAYLON PINSON
Bench press: 250 pounds
Squat: 385 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.64 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.19 seconds
Broad jump: 9'3"
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