Nyles Pinckney is on the map, if he wasn't already.
The Whale Branch Early College High School defensive lineman debuted at No. 95 on the Rivals 100 for the Class of 2016. The list of top football prospects was released Tuesday.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound tackle said he hopes to raise his stock before the list is released again next summer.
"I was happy to see I was on the list," he said. "Hopefully next time I'll be higher."
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Pinckney has scholarship offers from Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina and South Carolina.
As a sophomore at Whale Branch, he finished with 26 tackles for loss, including four sacks. He forced and recovered three fumbles, blocked two punts, intercepted a pass and scored two defensive touchdowns.
He is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports. He is one of three South Carolina prospects on the Rivals Top 100 for 2016, joining Spartanburg's Tavien Feaster (No. 37) and Irmo's Stephen Davis Jr. (No. 89).
Pinckney's selection lands him in rare company in the area. Bluffton High School's Shameik Blackshear is ranked No. 27 in the Rivals Top 100 for the class of 2015.
Pinckney posted photos this week on his Twitter account of his participation in a Gamecocks showcase. One photo showed him working with South Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams.
He tweeted earlier this month about his participation in the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge and in June posted about visits to North Carolina, N.C. State and Clemson.
Pinckney said he is working to better use his hands and brought back drills and techniques from camps to show teammates. He hopes to narrow his interest to a list of three schools by the end of his junior season.
Among those schools he is still hoping will offer is Alabama, which has sent Pinckney letters.
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