GREENWOOD, S.C. — Sam Pinckney and Sam Montgomery have a number of things in common.
The obvious and most glaring one, of course, is the same first name. The second is that they both played for Greenwood (S.C.) High School.
Montgomery graduated from the notable South Carolina high school to have a distinguished collegiate career at LSU. That included making the All-SEC freshman team and eventually being named an All-American on multiple occasions throughout his tenure in Baton Rouge.
Pinckney recently procured his offer from the Tigers, which immediately rung a bell. Could he also follow in Montgomery’s footsteps at LSU?
“Sam Montgomery, he went to LSU,” Pinckney told SEC Country. “He was from Greenwood, so I felt that since a player already was from Greenwood, I felt like I could visit it and see how I like it, how it would go.”
The offer from LSU came while visiting the campus for the first time on national junior day last Saturday. Pinckney was one of several wide receivers to make a stop in Baton Rouge, but the only to garner an offer before leaving.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder is the No. 15 overall prospect from the Palmetto State. For much of his recruitment, he only held offers from Georgia State and Appalachian State but has since burst onto the scene and added some marquee overtures.
A visit to LSU and an offer in hand quickly vaulted the Tigers into one of his top choices.
“My recruiting process is still open to anyone and everyone,” Pinckney said. “I don’t really have a top (school). I do have a top three: Florida State, South Carolina and LSU, but it’s still open to everyone.”
Several Crystal Ball picks quickly flurried in for Pinckney to LSU, but that’s not a done just yet. The Tigers hold one wide receiver commitment thus far: Jaray Jenkins, an in-state recruit who committed earlier this month.
LSU is still courting several in-state receivers such as Terrace Marshall Jr., Lawrence Keys III, Ja’Marr Chase, Jammal Houston, Kenan Jones and Kansas pledge Devonta Jason. The Tigers remain in good standing with all of those receivers and even better with others.
The team continues to push for out-of-state talent, too. Recruits such as Joshua Moore, Al’vonte Woodard, Miles Battle, Tommy Bush, Brennan Eagles and recently offered Jaylen Waddle come to name as targets that LSU could land.
Pinckney certainly fits the bill. More importantly, after spending face time with wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph in the meeting room last Saturday, the South Carolina native was finally felt the much-anticipated “wow” he was looking for.
“It was nice. I was waiting on something to catch my attention and when we had our little position meeting with the coach, the receiver coach, and that’s what really caught my attention,” Pinckney said. “The facilities were nice everywhere I go. It was just something different that caught my attention.”