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Offer No. 1 comes for NC kicker

Offer No. 1 has come in for one of the top kickers on the East Coast. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder pulled the offer while on a visit this past Saturday.
"I got an offer this past Saturday when I went up for East Carolina's spring game," Concord (N.C.) Northwest Cabarrus kicker Bradley Pinion said. "I was there for that and as soon as I got there they gave it to me."
The offer is the first for Pinion.
"I feel like I'm relieved, I have somewhere I can go now," he stated. "It's a real good offer, it's a full ride and they've offered me the chance for my first year to come in and do all three jobs, kickoff, kicker and punter. After my freshman year I'll continue to do the two best and they'll recruit somebody for the other one."
What does Pinion think of the Pirates?
"I think it's a very good school," he said. "They have a good coaching staff up there and a very good system. I like it a lot. I have to be honest; I'm looking to go to a bigger school. The more the crowd is into it the more I get into it. I'm looking for a big atmosphere and a big team. I'll always consider East Carolina though."
Pinion has visited numerous schools in the past year and was set to head to Virginia Tech this weekend, but instead will participate in a camp with his kicking coach.
With lots of schools interested, what are other colleges saying in regards to offering?
"Pretty much all of them want to see me kick in person," he said. "They all say I'm in their top three and they want me to kick at their camp, Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina and Clemson have told me that. Florida State is starting to get in contact a lot and I'm going down there this summer, they told me I'm in their top three too."
In the meantime, Pinion believes more offers could be coming soon.
"I think Duke and North Carolina could offer next week or so," he said. "For one, I've been to Duke a lot and they've seen me kick before. They really like what they see.
"For North Carolina, my kicking coach graduated from Carolina and the kicker this year, Miller Snyder is like my best friend. I always hear good things about them. Also, my brother is looking to go to graduate school there, so Carolina keeps moving up my board. They've seen my kick before too and I think they are close to offering, that's what my kicking coach tells me."
With lots of interest, does Pinion like anybody?
"I don't really have a top, a No. 1," he said. "I'm keeping my options open, but my top five in no order is Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina and probably Duke or Florida State, that's kind of interchangeable."
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