Ultrafast Tavaras Pinckney Just Wants To Play

2009 Battery Creek RB Tavaras Pinckney was one of the fastest players timed at the UA/Scout.com combine in Charlotte running a 4.47 on a slow surface. Last Friday he displayed that speed at a new position which could help some college coaches realize his value. Add to the fact that he's currently holding down all A's & B's in the classroom and you have the makings of a sleeper in a big way!

After putting on a tremendous show at the Under Armour/Scout.com combine in Charlotte this past offseason Battery Creek RB Tavaras "Joc" Pinckney has had to battle some injuries to start his season but appears to be back to 100% now. He spoke with SCPrepNation.com to talk about his progress during his senior season and his thought process in regards to recruiting right now.

After 4 games Pinckney says he's finally feeling back to his old self again and he flashed a glimpse of what made him such a noisemaker at the combine in Charlotte.

"The last game we played Airport. It would have been my best game of the season but I had a bunch of touchdowns that were called back because of penalties/flags. If they would have counted I would have had 205 yards on kick returns and 2 touchdowns. One was thrown after I had been in the endzone for a few seconds." It was Pinckney's first time returning kicks and it was a success if it weren't for the unfortuitous penalties. His bad luck didn't stop there though. "I also had a 2 yard touchdown run and a 35 yard touchdown run called back because of penalties in the Airport game." His explosiveness is apparent when you consider the big plays he made but were nullfied by the flags thrown. Running a 4.47 second 40 yard dash on the slow surface at Panthers Stadium this offseason is just an idea of how fast the 2009 prospect is when he's got some daylight ahead of him.

Nevertheless Pinckney says he enjoyed the flash of success he had as a kick returner and the thought of possibly being a specialist due to his speed and ability to exploit any seam and explode for huge chunks of yardage. "I honestly don't care what position I play. I just want a chance to play college football. It's always been a dream of mine."

Two schools lead the current charge in terms of recruiting Pinckney says. "I hear the most from Liberty and Duke. Duke sends a lot of mail but Liberty just lost a running back to injury and my coach wants to send them film so they can see what kind of player I am." As of right now Liberty is out front for Pinckney but he plans on continuing to work hard each and every week with his teammates to improve as their record stands at 1-3 on the season.

"I just want to go out and play harder and better every week. Just do that and help my team every step of the way."

Pinckney also reports outstanding academic progress in the classroom as well. "I have all A's and B's right now with my classes."

SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Tavaras "Joc" Pinckney so make sure to check back daily for the very best recruiting coverage when it comes to South Carolina's top high school prospects on the gridiron and on the hardwood. Stay tuned for senior footage of Pinckney in action from SCPrepNation.com.

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