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Greenwood (S.C.) High School coach Dan Pippin believes he has a trio of prospects who can play big-time college football.
Junior wide receiver Sam Pinckney has received the most attention so far. The 3-star prospect, who has a lead group that includes South Carolina, LSU and Florida State, should continue to add offers with the spring evaluation period right around the corner.
According to Pippin, there’s more to Pinckney (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) than just advancing to the next stage of his football career.
“He’s big time all about Greenwood High School and Greenwood football. He’s a great kid. I wish I had him for about three more years,” Pippin said. “I think he’s got great hands. He catches the ball with his hands, which I think is a big deal. … He catches the ball away from his body. He doesn’t catch it next to his body.
“He can high point the ball as well as anyone I’ve ever had.”
At that size, physicality is a big part of his game, too.
“That’s a big kid. He’s strong,” Pippin said. “Right now, he’s right at 300, power clean. He’s right (around) 300 bench. He squats about 450 and that’s just because I’ve said I don’t really care about how much you squat max. He is very physical, which I think is a big deal.
“He likes the weight room. He likes to condition. He’s a great competitor. He loves to compete.”
On Wednesday, Pinckney told SEC Country that he’s open to all suitors, even though the Gamecocks, Tigers and Seminoles each have a place inside his top 3.
“I just really want to have a connection and feel like, when I get there, I can earn a spot,” he said. “I can compete and earn my position. And, hopefully, I’ll get to start as a freshman. Just if it feels like home. That feeling I don’t have to not be myself, like at certain colleges.”
The big guys
According to Pippin, the sky’s the limit for Kobe Alexander (6-1, 310) and Dre Butler (6-4, 290).
“If everything falls together for (Alexander), there’s no telling. There’s just no telling how good he can be,” Pippin said. “He’s got a mean streak to him, which is pretty good.”
Pippin thinks Alexander profiles as a 0-technique defensive tackle in college. Though Butler prefers to play on that side of the ball, Pippin thinks his brightest future is on offense.
“You get attached to the kids and you want them to be successful and (Butler) has the potential to be very successful, and that’s (as) a prototypical NFL left tackle, in my opinion, or a right tackle,” Pippin said. “Maybe move him inside. That’s a big joker right there. And, athletic-wise, he’s probably as good, if not a little more athletic than Kobe. And that says a lot. Dre’s feet are tremendous.”
Both have visited South Carolina.
“I like the tempo. I like the way their practice is, the coaches,” Alexander said. “I like when the coaches get on you, I like that. It makes you a better person. I like how they’ve got music. This environment; it’s like you can just be yourself. I like South Carolina, just because of that.”
Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia are also in contact with him.
Butler’s profile is still growing. He’s originally from the Columbia area, so South Carolina has piqued his interest.
“I felt comfortable there,” Butler said. “I didn’t meet everybody. I met half the team. But I liked it. The coaching staff is good.”
Wednesday: Updating weekend visitors, D-tackle targets