Clemson offers Whale Branch's Nyles Pinckney

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comMay 3, 2013 


Nyles Pinckney meets the three measures Jerry Hatcher has identified in a successful football recruit.

Hatcher, the Whale Branch Early College High School football coach who worked with Devin Taylor and others as an assistant at Beaufort High School, has made the freshman Pinckney his latest project.

Size, speed and effort garner offers, Hatcher said. And the defensive lineman showed each in film Hatcher blasted to college coaches.

Clemson was the first to bite, offering Pinckney a scholarship at its spring game April 13 after judging his size in person. Hatcher expects the offer to lead to others. N.C. State is among others showing strong interest, he said.

"When you get the first one, they start to snowball," Hatcher said. "I expect that. He's going to have to go to some camps. Now they want to see them. They want to make sure you're the size the coach says you are."

Pinckney visited South Carolina twice this spring to watch practice. He was invited to the Gamecocks' spring game but was unable to attend.

Hatcher said Pinckney benefited from a move inside during his freshman season, from defensive end to tackle, where he overpowered smaller guards and centers to get into the backfield.

"He was getting multiple (tackles for loss), disrupting the run game and making guys bounce out," Hatcher said. "They couldn't run inside.

His highlight film includes a blocked field goal during the Warriors' victory at Hilton Head High and an explosive block to help spring Dee Delaney for a kick return touchdown against Allendale-Fairfax.

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