High School Football

Whale Branch's Pinckney voted out of running for final Under Armour roster spots

Whale Branch defensive lineman Nyles Pinckney takes a breather Oct. 31, 2014 against Battery Creek high school.
Whale Branch defensive lineman Nyles Pinckney takes a breather Oct. 31, 2014 against Battery Creek high school. The Island Packet

Election season was not kind to Whale Branch standout defensive lineman Nyles Pinckney.

The senior Clemson commitment lost in the first round of fan voting to earn one of the final two spots in the Under Armour All-America Game.

The first round of the public online bracket-style voting contest called "#DreamFearlessly Fan Vote" ended Monday, and Pinckney, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle, garnered 41.37 percent of the vote against Eddie McDoom, a 5-11, 178-pound wide receiver from West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla.

Prior to the start of the contest, Whale Branch head football coach Jerry Hatcher said he didn't care too much for the promotion.

"I'm not going to get involved in that," Hatcher said then. "If they wanted him, they would have chosen him."

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