Pickney visited the 2014 Dabo Swinney football camp in June, visited on 9/27 and also attended Clemson's 35-17 win over the Gamecocks. He was named Beaufort Gazette's All-Area Defensive Player of the Year. Clemson was the first school to offer him a football scholarship.
As a junior, Pinckney made 98 tackles, 27 for loss, had nine sacks, blocked three field goals, 10 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. As a sophomore, he had 76 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, four sacks, two punt blocks, an interception and two defensive touchdowns. As a freshman, Pinckney made 91 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and had seven sacks.
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