GREENWOOD, S.C. — Sam Pinckney, one of the top 2018 prospects from the state of South Carolina, is starting to gain some traction on the recruiting trail.
South Carolina, for more than seven months, was his only offer. Appalachian State and Georgia State followed in February, just after signing day.
Florida State offered later that month during a junior day visit. LSU, where Pinckney (6-3, 205) visited this past weekend, jumped on board before he left campus.
More are certain to follow as his junior film continues to circulate, and for good reason, because Pinckney had a strong junior season at Greenwood High School, catching 72 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns.
According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, LSU is trending as the favorite.
“My recruiting process is still open to anyone and everyone,” Pinckney said. “I don’t really have a top. I do have a top three: Florida State, South Carolina and LSU, but it’s still open to everyone.”
South Carolina has hosted him for several visits and he’ll be back for the spring game with his teammate, 2019 defensive tackle Kobe Alexander.
“That’s basically a second home,” Pinckney said. “I’m very comfortable there. I feel like I can communicate with all the coaches like they’re not my coach, but like they’re family. I like it down there a lot.”
He’ll return to Florida State to watch practice.
“That was very nice down there,” Pinckney said. “The stadium is like a castle. It’s nice down there. They treated me very well. I felt like I was very comfortable down there. It’s just nice. It’s different from South Carolina, going down to Florida. It’s different.”
After a standout career at Greenwood, defensive end Sam Montgomery played college ball for LSU, so that sort of piqued Pinckney’s interest in the Tigers.
“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, 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.”
Pinckney is also scheduled to visit Virginia Tech. According to the 247Sports composite, he’s ranked as the No. 153 wide receiver in the class of 2018. Among prospects from the state of South Carolina, Pinckney is listed No. 15 overall.