Virginia Tech Football Recruiting: Jacoby Pinckney Commits to the Hokies

Hokies add a Palmetto State wide receiver.

Pinckney poses for a photo on an April 6, 2018 Virginia Tech visit. [@jpinckney18]

Virginia Tech added a long sought after wide receiver to its 2019 recruiting class on Tuesday. Jacoby Pinckney announced his verbal commitment to the Hokies.

Tech offered the Dorman HS (Roebuck, SC) product way back in July 2016. He has been a priority target and frequent visitor to Blacksburg since. Pinckney opted for Tech over reported offers from Alabama, Georgia, and Michigan.

"They set their wide receivers up to make plays," Pinckney said about the Hokies in September 2016. "That's what a receiver likes, getting a one-on-one opportunity to make plays. I liked that. It really stood out."

Indeed, the Hokies view the sizeable wideout as an outside threat. The pass catcher caught 65 balls for 1,075 yards, and 6 touchdowns last season. Pinckney participated in an April Under Armour All-America camp and 247Sports analyst John Garcia praised his performance.

Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman wide receiver Jacoby Pinckney had a strong day, literally and figuratively. Impressive on the hoof at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, he attacks the defensive back and the football as physically as one would expect. He is quicker than fast, especially for his size, and moves with a decisiveness that created separation. There wasn't a pass-catcher more consistent Sunday than the three-star, who secured nearly every catch away from his body.

Pinckney is a 3-star (0.8880) recruit and the No. 4 prospect in South Carolina this cycle according to the 247Sports Composite. The Four-Letter offers a more bullish 4-star grade, good for the 251st player in the ESPN 300.

Pinckney makes it six 2019 cycle verbal commitments for Virginia Tech in June. Three-star WR Tayvion Robinson revealed Virginia Tech as his college destination on June 24. Three-star 2019 TE Nick Gallo picked Tech on June 19. Three-star 2019 DT Norell Pollard went public with his Virginia Tech commitment on June 18. The Hokies added 4-star WR Jaden Payoute to their class on June 10. And 4-star CB Cam'Ron Kelly turned heads when the 757 standout pledged to Tech back on June 7.


Booooom!!! God I love this

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So is this 2 of the 3?

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3 of 3. Pinckney, Robinson, and Simonds were the three.

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LA & BAG - I noticed that Jahad Carter was working at camps as a wr and I read an article (I think from rivals) that called Sainristil a wr. Clearly the staff hasn't taken commitments from 6 players they anticipate as wr (even 4 seems like a lot) in a class that is likely to only have 16-18 total players...

Any clarity on where some of these guys land for position groups? Or if the staff is expecting some decommits (Bowick to ND and Sainristil to Mich are rumors I've noticed)?

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That was fast, Joe! FAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's as if I knew he had committed weeks ago or something.

Reminds me of Sweet Dee dancing with the wacky wavy inflatable arm flailing tube man.

Damn, what a WR class coming in... Patterson is going to have his options to sling that pigskin to

Or Dwayne Lawson as long as he doesn't transfer which I heard he might.

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Thats lot of borderline 3/4 stars. The talent floor on our roster is certainly being raised

When I watch this guy's tape I am sure I am watching a 4* player (he is my favorite wr in this class or the last)... I usually side with 247 on their rankings but right now their evaluation is dragging him down... I fully expect his 247 ranking to be upgraded a some point which will make him a composite 4 star guy.

Not that it really matters because he will do what he will do regardless of the ranking...

Completely agree. Most underrated player we've got committed. Can't understand, with his offer list, how he isn't a 4*. Strong hands, precise route runner and supreme body control with A+ high pointing ability. I guess his lack of breakaway speed and lack of participation on the camp circuit keeps him a 3*. He reminds of AJ Green a lot.

His body control is outstanding. It's rare to see that from a high schooler.

The talent floor on our roster is certainly being raised

Especially since the ceiling is the roof

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.


Good thing this was a tweet and not an announcement ceremony. A certain someone may have not been able to contain himself.

Are we.... are we a pass first team now?

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That announcement picture is badass. Love the look of Lane at the top of the mountain. So Pinckney gets to be the big bodied redzone threat to go with Tre Turner and Payoute take-the-top-off threat. All of these passing threats could sure open up some running room for a shifty back.

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I read this as:

All of these passing threats could sure open up some running room for a shitty back.

And I was like:

Freud might have something to say about your opinion of our RB room...

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

All of these assing threats could sure open up some ramming room for a shitty back

Pretty sure this is how those clowns in charlottesville recruit!

I think Payoute ends up being a free safety. I think his speed and range are assets. If he is as physical as Deablo he could be a very similar (and faster) player.

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Interesting comments. I watched his film last week and even though he was being touted as a receiver, I thought he actually looked to have more upside as a defender than a receiver.

Then I started reading folks' comments and almost all said he looked much better as a receiver than defender...and I wondered what am I missing here?

you're missing him dominating 1v1's as a WR in our satellite camp

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Wild Turkey is actually very good in a hot coffee. Much better than a sweet flavoring, and drinking in the morning is much ore acceptable if you mix it with a breakfast beverage.

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And bacon.

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I'm drooling over the potential of our offense in the coming years.

Fantastic get by the staff.
So many quality receiving options/recruits... QP has to be salivating over his potential targets for the next few years.

Yo, there is a lot going on here...but this is amazing.

If you look really closely over his right shoulder you can see Corso's rental car exploding

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Let's gooooooooooooo!

Can confirm Dorman plays against a lot of quality competition in SC.




We will definitely see some Wild Turkey, its just a matter of whether or not it is celebratory or consolatory


This may be the only case where I can reasonably say there should be an "I" in that team.

Don't worry. I just threw away my last HOAKIES cup from that one stoopid year. Thing is, they sold those darned cups all season.

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We were bad 40+ years ago, have fans and administration that have invested significantly in the program, and have a handful of conference titles and little more, and our fans are 'whiny and spoiled?'

I get we used to lose to VMI 60 years ago, but that doesn't mean in 2018 our fans can have a different set of expectations.

All of us have different expectations now. That's different from debilitating negativity.

I see a program that's good AND improving.

2020 is going to be a great year

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Question: I've noticed that during this cycle we've recruited a lot of 3 star wide receivers, other than Payoute. Would it be safe to say that we are recruiting receivers purely to fit our mis-direction/speed around the corners scheme? (Proabably a Frenchy question)

Other than Payoute do any of these receivers have "take the top off the defense speed"? or "get to the edge speed." It's always hard to judge the film, because you don't know what level of competition they went up against. I wonder if they are 3 star receivers because of the limited route tree or so-so hands? Everyone seems pretty excited about who we've recently gotten, but I'm waiting for that one receiver that makes me drool because of the level of athleticism, size, and talent.


Disclaimer: I'm ecstatic with the group we've gotten, but just kind of posing a question to see what attributes are missing from these kids that we are picking up that don't make them rated as high four star receivers?

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I wouldn't be surprised if at the end of their senior years that all of them will be high to mid 4 stars

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what attributes are missing from these kids that we are picking up that don't make them rated as high four star receivers

they didn't commit to FSU, Bama, OHst, or Clemson

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If Fuente can find a QB (yes edited) who can throw to the back shoulder with some velocity like Lynch could, with kids like Pinckney outside, watch out. Pinckney and Robinson are big time wide receiver talents that, like Ford and Phillips, will be much closer to "ready to see the field" than typical freshmen wide receivers.

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Thanks French, that's what I was looking for. So would you make that comparison of I. Ford/Phillips with any of the receivers we have so far in 2019? Which of the receivers can take the top of, I would assume Payoute?

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I try not to give too detailed a review just in case it upsets a recruit before they sign. But, I see him in the same role as Ford.

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If he can find a WR who can throw the back shoulder, I think he should move him to QB.

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You may have more legs and you may have been smart enough to reply to French's actual comment rather than creating a new one... But I was first and mine was funnier so I hope you had a drink last night :)

Don't you mean TE?

French, wouldn't a QB that could throw to the back shoulder be more useful? :)

I hope he lands a RB before he looks for WR that can throw... \ssssorta

Edit: meant to be a response to French.

Good catch!

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Looks like Hype is wishing Train had a few less Big Macs in his diet.

I dunno, ask prince fielder what going vegan did to his career.

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I love that the guy in the front throws his fucking glass. This is the most English soccer gif I've ever seen.

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If you look closely, about 20 people throw their glass. That guy does appear to be the most British though.

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Only if his name is Neville or Nigel. Notice though, he throws the beer out first before throwing the glass. British manners, you know.

All I can think of is the poor soul that has to clean up that mess.

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That place strikes me as the kind of bar that only serves in plastic and is set up to hose the place down at the end of the night.

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Your name checks out. I trust your judgment on this matter.

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Okay, THIS is what recruiting momentum looks like.

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MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.


I mean, who needs a run game, really?

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Meh, we just bring back the Loeffler constant string of Jet Sweeps.

I'm no lefty apologist, but we run just as many if not more of those with Cornelsen. And I DO wish Cornelsen would run that Lefty drag route to the TE more.. that was lefty's best play- and money typically.

Loeffler constant string of Jet Sweeps

We do still Jet Sweep a lot the only thing is that we motion to the jet sweep constantly but don't always run it. It used to be jet sweep every play with no set up to jet sweep.

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Nice avi

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Yes, Cornelsen is much better at setting up plays, and calling plays that get positive yardage. That's why - largely with guys he didn't recruit- the offense went from ranked in the 100s to in the 50's almost overnight. Yes, Jerrod Evans running around making plays helped, but you can see the offense is much better overall- more competent, less negative plays, less mistakes.

Having those same guys as jrs and srs rather than frosh and sophs played more than a minor role in that.

Those young guys on last yrs team looked fairly lost and impotent when Phillips was out in the 2nd half of the season.

Loeffler constant string of Jet Sweeps

Of course, now that you bolded those two words, what's popping into my mind is:

constant string Loeffler = "Jet Sweeps";

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Screw Lefty's jet sweeps. I want Stiney's fake reverse and handoff up the middle for three inches and a cloud of dust.

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And yet he abandoned it against Kansas when it was working!!!

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Stinespring abandoned everything that worked. We'd pass our way to the 20 yard line. Time to stop passing and run the ball. Or we'd run all the way to the 20. Time for three passes right in a row. That guy's predictability rivals a certain geyser in Yellowstone.

There is literally a part of Turn Up the Wick that deals with just this. Under Rickey Bustle, they would occasionally let Stiney pick a play here and there. There was one game where they were running roughshod over the opponent, and then they asked Stiney what to run. He said to try a pass. Bustle keys up his headset and says something along the lines of, "We're running all over these sonsabitches and you want to pass?!?!? What the hell is wrong with you?"

That's a lesson Stiney never learned.

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Mike Leach approves

Find the one on one, throw the ball in the right area, and watch Pinckney go get it.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

I know a Hooker that likes 1 on 1 action.

Serious question though, how much eligibility does Willis have again?

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He's a redshirt junior right now so two seasons left to play.

Any possibility that some of our WR corps gets moved to RB?

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3* but had offers from Alabama, UGA, and Michigan?

Hmm. This is barley, not oats.

Thats why I don't pay attention to star rankings anymore..... rivals has him as a 3, ESPN has him as a 4, and 247 has him as a 3.

I always look at the offer sheet to see where this kid is when it comes to talent. "OXVT" on Twitter does a great job creating a chart to show you what offers a kid has received from the "Kings" "Barons", "Knights", and "Peasants".

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Just out of curiosity, what decides a schools status on this? It doesn't really matter, but I'd assume we'd be in the same category as WVU or USCe and not as much with Georgia.

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I am sure he has some justification for where he puts VT (Baron) but I can also see your standpoint of being on the WVU/USCe level.

It would probably be best if he just left out VT from that chart itself to eliminate the bias.

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Interesting. Thanks.

I don't have any major objections with it. I do think VT has a good case to be in the Barons category, as I think we fit in with Wisconsin and Michigan State, etc. Just was surprised to see Georgia in that same group, but it seems likely that could be subject to change.

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I was thinking the same thing.

I don't know if I can agree with any team rating system that doesn't have LOLUVa in the lowest echelon.

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Oh man. I didn't even realize.

Now I definitely disagree with WVU and USCe being in that category. They're not even close.

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Only issue is seeing UGA and Auburn in the Barons tier, but I have SEC bias.

I do see these are put out by Stewart Mandell, so it'snot OXVT using his own system. Really cool way to look at recruiting though.

Yea either way, I like how they stack up the offers when looking at it this way. Star ratings are a waste of time imo.

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Not a comment on Pinckney per se, but many - if not most - of those schools (even the blue bloods and including VT) are "offering" 150-200+ kids, yet will ultimately only sign 20 or so. So pretty much half of high 3* or higher kids within 1000 mi gets an "offer".

We all know there are kids with a Virginia Tech "offer" who don't really have an offer. It only gets worse as you go up the food chain.

So I don't put much stock in the offer lists on recruiting sites these days either.

I don't know.... Someone posted a picture where some schools have only offered between 70-80 but it might be closer to what you are saying.

Even if the blue bloods don't pursue a kid because they favor another one, its still an offer. That means they saw something in him that meant he was worthy of an offer.

If I see VT offer a kid, and the other offers consist of EMU, Appalachian St, Liberty, Buffalo, etc. I am going to say confidently this kid probably is below what VT should be recruiting at a talent level, even if he is a 3*

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VT has gotten some pretty good steals with offer lists like that as well. But I understand what you're saying and I put more stock in a list like your example.

I used to think P5 offers was a pretty good barometer. Even just 3 or 4 years ago. But with the number of offers out there now (or at least getting reported more intensely now) - many of which are likely non-commitable - I just don't think they're a particularly reliable barometer anymore.

I'm glad the days of "recruit athlete from the 757 and hope he can catch" are over in terms of WR recruiting. We are recruiting a bunch of guys that actually played WR in high school. Imagine that. I love it.

Wonder how many can play QB...?


I think you make a great point DC, one of my biggest gripes historically with VT recruiting was the willingness to "make" skill position players, rather than "recruit" skill position players. Historically we've always done well with getting RBs (even though that's not been the case more recently), but when it comes to QB, WR, OT (not really a skill position player), and even some of the defensive positions we've relied on ATH far too much. Getting a WR that's played the game, knows the nuances of route running and body positioning is critical for the next level of development. I think it's a lot easier to teach a WR new tricks, rather than to teach the position to a former CB/QB. Not to say that it's impossible to teach, but it's just working from behind the 8 ball sort of speak. I think that is one of the things that make me the most excited about where are recruiting has already made strides, is that we are recruiting kids who've played the position for 3-4 years in high school, and so the fundamentals are already there to build upon.

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I'm really glad we got this recruit! He and Turner will make great outside threats to keep DBs honest and will open up our slot receivers to run wild!