There is a player in Oxnard, Calif., who is having an outstanding senior season. Rivals.com was first impressed by this young man when we saw him various camps as far back as April. We have finally caught up with strong safety/wide receiver Josh Pinkard (6-2, 200, 4.4) from Oxnard (Calif.) Hueneme.
Pinkard is one of the most sought after players in Southern California and he’s being intensely recruited by most of the Pac10.
“I have offers from Washington State, Washington, Oregon, USC, UCLA and Arizona State,” Pinkard said. “I have one visit set for Washington State on November 8th and I have no other visits scheduled at this time.”
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When you take a close look at Pinkard’s production it is easy to see why he most of the Pac10 clamoring for his services.
So far in seven games for the season of 2003, Pinkard had collected 74 tackles, sevens sacks and three picks. He picked up five of his sacks in one game when he played a hybrid safety/rover.
Pinkard is also helping on the offensive side of the ball as a wide receiver accounting for ten catches for approximately 200 yards and scoring three touchdowns. That is pretty productive in limited opportunities.
Pinkard has great vision and sees the whole field. He is one of those players who can see the football and has tremendous closing speed once he does.
One scout told Rivals.com that he feels that Pinkard is the best athlete ever at the school. That is quite a statement because USC wide receiver Keary Colbert played at Hueneme among fine players.
Pinkard was a first-team all-league selection as a junior.
“I’m very open regarding college,” Pinkard said. “I’m going to see what schools fit me best and take it from there.”
“I am looking for a school with a good computer science program,” Pinkard said. “I will also take into consideration the school’s depth chart. I would like to play as soon as possible on the collegiate level.”
Hueneme has at least two other D-I players and Rivals.com will have reports on them as well.