One of the more dynamic players in the state of Ohio has decided to join the Cincinnati Bearcats. JJ Pinckney from Sylvania Southview High School in Toledo fielded scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan State, Minnesota, Boston College, Indiana and Cincinnati rival Louisville. But Pinckney ultimately chose the Queen City as his new home for his college career.
The Bearcats signed him on as a cornerback with a Richard Sherman-type of build at 6-foot-3 and 172 pounds, but based on the statistics he racked up at Sylvania Southview, he can play some receiver and returner as well. Pinckney stats for his senior year included: 48 catches, 520 total yards, 23 tackles, two tackles for loss, 11 passes broken up and one interception, 45 yard punt return average/40 yard kickoff return average with 10 total touchdowns.
Insider caught up with JJ Pinckney to talk about the end of recruitment/signing day and how it feels to finally be a Bearcat.
"It's finally time," Pinckney replied.
"It feels great man, I thought committing was a weightlifter but this takes a whole new measure."
Pinckney said that he knew his decision way ahead of time to come to UC. When asked what made his decision final, he talked about the city and the atmosphere.
"I'm very familiar with the city and the people there. I have a lot of back home friends attending the school. Also my future teammate Ryan Stout, has been my teammate since we were young kids. He had already committed and it made it interesting to continue our sports careers together."
Steven Clinkscale, the Cornerbacks Coach for Cincinnati talked about Pinckney's athleticism and drive.
"His size and speed combination make him incomparable when considering prospects across the nation. His transition from full-time Wide Receiver to a guy that plays both ways has resulted in one of the best prospects in Ohio. His continued development as a Cornerback could eventually land him at the next level."