Nation’s No. 1 junior college kicker faced with “stressful” decision
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Quarterback Jacob Eason isn’t the only No. 1-ranked recruit at his position who will soon decide on flipping or sticking.
Eddy Pineiro, the nation’s top-ranked junior college kicker, has been committed to Alabama since June, but is considering a switch to in-state Florida.
The early enrollee from ASA junior college in Miami, his hometown, officially visited both schools in recent weeks. He hasn’t given any indication as to where he stands in his recruitment, but reportedly plans to make a final announcement Tuesday.
“Not doing any (interviews),” Pineiro told SEC Country. “It’s a stressful time.”
Pineiro, who blew up on social media with his 77-yard field goal, took an official visit to Alabama this past weekend and was also on hand for the Tide’s game against LSU.
He attended the Florida-Ole Miss game in October and returned to UF for the weekend of the Florida State game. On the latter trip, he was joined on his official visit by Gators junior college commits Dre Massey and Mark Thompson.
“Eddy is a real straight forward guy,” Massey said. “Obviously he’s committed to Alabama, but I think we have a chance to flip him. If anything, he should know where’s needed. We really, really need a kicker. We’ll just have to wait and see what he does. It’s tough to say.”
Massey and Thompson have both kept in contact with Pineiro since their trip, but Thompson said he’s not pushing for a flip.
“I love Eddy,” Thomas said. “He’s talented at what he does. I think Florida’s in a good position to get him, but I know he’s committed somewhere and I don’t want to put any added pressure on him. Me and him have a good relationship, and whether or not he chooses Florida, I’ll be cheering him on.”
Though Pineiro described his situation as stressful, he has enjoyed his time with the head coaches and recruits at both Alabama and Florida.
— Eddy Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) November 28, 2015
At coach Saban house in these gas golf carts drifting ?? pic.twitter.com/BaIuc2tGCN
— Eddy Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) December 13, 2015
— Eddy Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) November 29, 2015
I got coach Saban to smile in this picture ? what a genius ?? pic.twitter.com/d5TKVafcV9
— Eddy Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) December 12, 2015
— Eddy Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) December 6, 2015
— Eddy Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) December 8, 2015