October 21, 2010

2012 target takes in first game at VT

Virginia Tech had a number of prospects on campus over the weekend included on the list was a few 2012 recruits. One of those took in his first game at Tech, a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder.

"It was good, it was fun," Concord (N.C.) Northwest Cabarrus 2012 kicker Bradley Pinion said. "I came up that morning and went to the lounge and met with the coaches.

"I talked to Coach Sherman a little bit and he didn't really say too much about recruiting. He just told me to keep coming up to games and send them some game film."

Saturday marked the first time the lounge officially was opened to recruits, what was Pinion's take.

"It was the first time I saw it because they were still building it during the summer," he said. "It was really, really nice. I heard they've got the biggest lockers in college football."

Following his time inside, Pinion headed outdoors to the field.

"I watched the players warm up from the sideline and after the game we went to the locker room," he stated. "As for the game, it was my first game and I figured they'd have a big crowd, but the whole crowd got into the chants, usually it's just the student section. The stadium was really nice and I liked how loud it was."

Pinion is eyeing a return visit to campus this Saturday for the Hokies contest with Duke.

The trip to Tech was one of three recent visits for the junior kicker along with Georgia's home game against Tennessee a week ago and Duke for the Alabama game.

"Virginia Tech beats out Duke, Duke didn't have much of a fan base and it was kind of a dead stadium," he said. "Georgia was crazy. They have a huge fan base and a huge stadium. The coaches are the nicest coaches I've ever met.

"Georgia is at the top of my list right now. They've got good Christian coaches, they are all Christian, really nice facilities and a good academic program. I'd say Virginia Tech and Georgia are up there with each other."

It may be early in his junior season, but Pinion is getting plenty of looks from numerous other colleges including Georgia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, Illinois, UCLA, LSU and North Carolina.

So far this season, Pinion has averaged 70-yards on kickoffs with a 3.9-second hang time. He is averaging 38-yards per punt net yardage as well.

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