July 30, 2010

Mississippi wide receiver has three schools on top

There were strong rumors circulating through Mississippi earlier this month that Forest, Miss., wide receiver Josh Pinkston was closing in on a commitment to his college of choice.

Pinkston said Wednesday night that gossip was false, though the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has narrowed his list of prospective suitors to a manageable three and he's developed a relationship with a trio of other wideouts, two of whom recently committed to Ole Miss.

Pinkston said he and four-star wide receivers Nickalos Brassell and Donte Moncrief and three-star wide receiver T.J. Worthy spent some quality time together at Ole Miss during the Rebels' senior camp earlier this month.

"It was a great camp," Pinkston said. "All of the guys _ me and Brassell, Donte Moncrief and T.J. _ all got together and we know each other quite well now. It was a great experience getting to know them.

"It's a great relationship. We talk from time to time, joke with each other and things like that."

Moncrief and Worthy committed to Ole Miss within days of that camp. Brassell has a host of options, though it's widely believed Ole Miss and Alabama hold the lead for his coveted signature. Pinkston said his relationships with those other top prospects will have "no impact" on his decision. He added he's "not close" to a decision and doesn't plan to announce one until early February.

"Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are all kind of tied," Pinkston said, adding he plans to take some official visits before he begins to make a college choice. "They all have the same strengths."

Pinkston said he anticipates a difficult decision when he chooses one of the SEC West programs. The brother of former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Todd Pinkston said the decision will come down to "where I feel comfortable and where my family feels comfortable with me going."

For now, Pinkston is focusing on his senior season. Practice for the 2010 campaign began in earnest on Monday.

"It's been going good," Pinkston said. "We're going to have a decent team. We're in a rebuilding stage on the offensive line. We're working hard to achieve goals.

"I want to improve my overall game, looking the ball in, making guys miss and improving my route-running and finishing blocks to make big plays."

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