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Pinkston plays waiting game

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With signing day fast approaching, Forest, Miss., three-star receiver Josh Pinkston is waiting on Ole Miss to make a decision so he can make one of his own.
According to Pinkston, the Rebels are trying to decide whether to offer him a scholarship for 2011 or offer him a grayshirt, in which case he wouldn't enroll until January 2012. If he has an opportunity to join this signing class, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder likely will take it, he said. But if grayshirting is his best option, Pinkston may look elsewhere.
"I don't know for sure what I'd do," Pinkston said. "I'd have to talk to my family and work things out."
Pinkston is scheduled to officially visit the Rebels this weekend. That's when he expects Ole Miss to figure things out.
"Basically, I'll know everything, just how their situation will come out, and how they'll want to use me in the program," he said.
The Rebels first approached Pinkston, the state's 20th-rated prospect, with the grayshirt possibility a few weeks ago, he said.
"I was surprised, but it's a business," Pinkston said. "It would be difficult [not enrolling until 2012]. But I would have time for more training, and working on things I need to work on."
Pinkston isn't without other options. Arizona, Iowa, Miami and North Carolina have started to show interest, he said. Additionally, Pinkston visited Northwestern State, which has offered, recently and came away impressed.
"It went good," Pinkston said. "Better than I thought it would be. The school isn't too small, and it's not too big. It's a pretty nice program."
That said, Ole Miss is where he would prefer to play.
Asked if he would commit on the spot if the Rebels told him this weekend they want him to sign in February, Pinkston replied, "Yes, I probably would."
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