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Kevin Pyne, who’s ranked by 247Sports as the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2020, visited South Carolina last summer during a tour across several college campuses in the Southeast.
“Like every place I go, it’s just incredible, from the stadium to the facilities and the stuff they offer. … I’m up here in Massachusetts and it’s just different at the schools down south,” Pyne said. “The fan base is different, because up here, we’re all just Patriots fans. College football isn’t really – we’re not really as attached with it as they are down south.
“It’s always fun visiting those schools.”
North Carolina, N.C. State, Clemson, Duke and Vanderbilt were among the other stops he made before returning home to Millis, Mass.
The 6-foot-8, 275-pound prospect doesn’t list an offer from South Carolina, but he’s already reeled in several from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
His first two offers were from local schools.
“I always had high aspirations and hopes, but I didn’t think I’d be getting 15 or however many offers I got as a freshman,” Pyne said. “I got [Rhode Island] first, then I got [Boston College] and I got UCLA, Michigan and from there, I don’t even remember.
“It just took off, but I never expected it to happen the way it did.”
Though he hasn’t been to any games this season, Pyne will get back out onto the road at some point after the calendar flips to 2018. Tentatively, he’s planning to hit schools like Michigan and Wisconsin in the Midwest, before hitting up the West Coast.
Pyne wants to “get a feel” for as many schools as possible. So far, he likes everyone he’s seen.
“I haven’t been to a place yet where I think to myself, ‘I won’t be happy here,’ ” Pyne said. “Being up here, you don’t see many kids going to big Division I programs, so kids are usually 1-AA or Division III kids, so I have a lot more appreciation for each and every school.”
Still only a sophomore, Pyne has plenty of time before he needs to make a decision about where he’ll play college football. At this point, he’s not in any hurry to reach a conclusion, but the end of his junior year might be a stopping point.
“Academics, because what they always say is you have football, but there’s life after football, too,” Pyne said. “You never know when that snap is going to be your last snap. … For me, I want to try and look at it from the best of both worlds.”
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