October 1, 2013

Spartans keeping in contact with Pinckney

One of the top uncommitted players in the state of Ohio for the class of 2014 is Jay Jay Pinckney of Southview High School. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect is having a strong senior season and Michigan State is keeping in frequent contact with him. SpartanMag.com has some details.

Michigan State is still looking to address the wide receiver position with another player for the class of 2014 and Pinckney is one of the top prospects on the board for Coach Dantonio and his staff.

Pinckney has a solid list of offers which includes scholarships from his top 5 suitors, Michigan State, Kentucky, Indiana, Cincinnati and Boston College. Rivals.com rates Pinckney a 3-star recruit and the #45 athlete prospect in the nation for 2014.

Last weekend Pinckney helped his Southview High School team defeat Anthony Wayne High School by a score of 28-7. Anthony Wayne High School is home to the most recent Spartan commitment, punter Jake Hartbarger. The win for Southview was their third I a row after opening the season with two close loses. Pinckney plays has been instrumental in the success of the team thus far. We asked him about the game and his season thus far.

"The season has been a ton of fun and we have learned a lot from film," he said. "We are striving to keep our goals in reach. This past weekend I had 5 catches for 128-yards and scored 2 touchdowns."

Both of Pinckney's touchdowns came on runs after the catch. His ability to get yards after a reception is a big reason why Michigan State likes him so much. We asked Pinckney about his contact with the Spartans and if he has any recruiting visits scheduled at this point.

"I do not have anything lined up yet," he stated. "I plan on take some visits after my season. I talk with Coach Samuel from Michigan State pretty much every other day."

The frequent contact between Coach Samuel and Pinckney is a good sign for the Spartans. Wide receiver has been position that the staff would like to see more production from and a player like Pinckney has the skill set to come in and push for a role early on. Pinckney talked about his familiarity with the Spartans to Rivals.com Midwest Analyst Josh Helmholdt.

"I just really enjoy Michigan State - it is similar to home," Pinckney said. "I have a friend who goes there [Mark Meyers] who is a defensive back and he has told me different things about them. When I went on a visit there with my mom I just really enjoyed it and they gave me a great feel."

One of the reasons the Spartans are so high on Pinckney is they see him as a player who has a tremendous amount of upside potential. Pinckney is only going to get stronger and faster as he fills out over the next few years. He could develop into a big play threat in the mold of former Spartan players like BJ Cunningham or Devin Thomas.

As SpartanMag.com has reported in the past, Pinckney is an exceptional track athlete. He is one of the top long jumpers and 400-Meter runners in the state of Ohio. His numbers in those events put him in rare company when it comes to speed and explosiveness.

We will be sure to keep in contact with Pinckney in the coming weeks. Southview High School plays Northview High School on Friday November 1st. It is very possible that Pinckney will travel up to East Lansing on November 2nd to check out the Spartans take on the Wolverines. That will also allow him a chance to get to know some of the committed players for 2014 and to formally schedule his official recruiting visit to Michigan State.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Michigan State currently has 5 Ohio players committed for the class of 2014. If they are able to add Pinckney as well as defensive tackle Daniel Cage of Cincinnati, it would give them one of the top recruiting classes in the Big Ten. It could also constitute the best group of Ohio Spartans signed since Mark Dantonio's arrival in 2007.

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