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Pinkston favors SEC

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Pittsburgh (Pa.) Baldwin's Jason Pinkston already had 15 offers and you wouldn't think new offers would get the defensive lineman that excited. But when you pick up offers from two of the most prestigious football schools in the country, it certainly does.
The 6-foot-5, 273-pounder picked up offers from Florida and Oklahoma in just the last week.
"I'm really impressed with the one from Florida because I know they don't look at a lot of defensive lineman out of state and they offered me, so that's really good," he said. "They have a really good football tradition and when you go there you know you have a chance to go to a bowl game and possibly win the national championship.
"Oklahoma is a really good offer too, they've been in the national championship three of the last four years and you're guaranteed to go to bowl games and a national championship."
Pinkston talked to coaches from both schools after the offers.
"Both of the coaches were really nice and they want me to play for them."
The defensive tackle prospect also picked up an offer from Illinois.
"That's a really good offer too because they're in the Big Ten and they don't have too many defensive lineman coming in," he said. "I can probably start right away; I know a walk-on is starting for them now, so I have an immediate chance of starting, so that's a good plus for them."
The evaluation period just wrapped up for Pinkston, who was the lineman most impressed with during the month of May?
"It was pretty good, I had a bunch of coaches come in, about two to four a day," he said. "The quarterback coach from Michigan was really impressive and got straight to the point. The defensive line coach from Illinois was also really upfront with me. Most of the guys don't tell you the bad stuff about their school, but he was really upfront about it."
One school Pinkston still is hoping to receive an offer from is Southern Cal.
"Pete Carroll came in and they really like me," he said. "He is probably going to offer me and that'd be really nice, although it is kind of far away. I was really excited to hear from Pete and his son because they are winning national championships. I really like USC; they're a really good school."
What are the lineman's thoughts about the in-state schools?
"I like them, but my mom wants me to get away from home," he said. "I'm definitely looking at going out of state."
This summer Pinkston is planning to take unofficial visits to Florida, Michigan and Ohio State.
Next season the defensive tackle is looking to improve on his 100 tackle and seven sack performance.
"I want to improve on my speed and stuff, I only had seven sacks last year and I can get way more than that," he said. "My goal is to get 175 tackles and more sacks. I'm also looking to win the championship."
Three schools appear to have a good chance at receiving official visits from Pinkston.
"I'm probably looking at officials to Georgia, Florida and LSU," he said. "The SEC is a really good conference and you're playing really good teams every week. It really interests me to play there."
Pinkston plans to make a decision on which school he'll attend close to Signing Day.
"I want to do it later, maybe at the U.S. Army All-American game at halftime," he said. "I would like to do it there if I could."
The defensive tackle was named all-Quad East and selected to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Terrific 25 as a junior.
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