April 20, 2010

Two stand out for Mississippi wide receiver

Josh Pinkston has been on the road the last several weekends, but the coveted wide receiver from Forest, Miss., hasn't had to cross a state line to see what he needed to see.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Pinkston visited Mississippi State two weeks ago and then traveled to Southern Mississippi one week later.

This past weekend, Pinkston was in Oxford for Ole Miss' Grove Bowl game.

"They're telling me I'd fit in well with their offense," said Pinkston, who appears to be one of Ole Miss' top targets at one of the thinnest positions on the Rebels' roster. "Their quarterbacks are producing, and when their quarterbacks are clicking, everything else is clicking."

While Pinkston has been to Oxford on numerous occasions and has an almost familial relationship with Ole Miss assistants Tyrone Nix and Derrick Nix (Pinkston's older brother, Todd, played with Derrick Nix at Southern Mississippi and they remain close friends), he's not ready to name the Rebels _ or anyone else _ his leader.

"It went very well," Pinkston said. "I don't want to say a better relationship with them than anybody else. It's the same with all the coaches. I'm neutral on all of them. I'm just waiting until the day when I get the most attention from someone."

Pinkston did, however, say two schools are emerging from the pack in the quest for his signature.

"Right now, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are the two that stand out that need me the most," Pinkston said. "They say they need me and they're going to help me in any way they can if I want to come into their program. To me, they're similar because they show the same love on both campuses. It's kind of hard, but I can't really tell right now."

Pinkston said he's also receiving heavy interest from Vanderbilt, Auburn, Clemson, Oregon, Stanford and Memphis. Of those, he's intrigued by Auburn and Vanderbilt. In other words, as Pinkston admitted, he's determined to play college football in the Southeastern Conference.

Forest begins spring drills next week. Pinkston said he's hoping to get stronger and improve his quickness during those practices and the offseason. He said he had not yet solidified a summer camp schedule.

Pinkston had more than 1,000 yards receiving and 14 touchdown catches as a junior.

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