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Bradley Pinion

Bradley Pinion, the No. 6 kicker in the class of 2012, will have a busy stretch before he enrolls at Clemson in January.

K Bradley Pinion Profile

The Northwest Cabarrus [Concord, N.C.] senior kicking specialist received his U.S. Army All-American jersey on Monday.

During the second week of December, he'll be in Spartanburg for the Shrine Bowl.

His last day of high school is Dec. 22.

Pinion will head to San Antonio, Tex. on Jan. 1 for the Army All-American Bowl. The game is on the 7th.

"I'll have to pack up before the Army game. I'll get off the plan in Charlotte from the Army game and drive to Clemson," he told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

The Scout.com three-star kicker was in Clemson earlier this month for his official visit.

"A lot of us went on our officials together," Pinion said. "We got to hang out with each other. My group that's coming in my class really got to know each other."

He was in town for Clemson's ACC Atlantic Division clinching win over Wake Forest.

"It was awesome. I can't wait to be a part of it next year. We're going to keep getting better and better," Pinion said.


Bradley Pinion with his kicking coach Dan Orner. (Pinion Family Picture)
What stood out about the trip?

"It was a different atmosphere than most college teams have. Everybody got along, everybody was friends with everybody," he said.

During his exit interview with head coach Dabo Swinney, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound senior learned what he'll be working for when he arrives to campus.

"We talked about me coming straight in and jumping right in because we have Dawson Zimmerman leaving," Pinion said. "[Swinney] wanted me to come straight in and just get to work on punting and give me a chance to compete for kickoff. I'm going to guess as a holder, too. He mentioned that to me. So hold for field goals, kickoff and punt.

"He said I could come straight in and start my freshman year. That's a really big thing that I wanted to do."

As a junior, he averaged 38 yards per punt with a 4.3-second hang time.

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