He had other offers from East Carolina, North Carolina, Rutgers, and TCU.
Pinion averaged 39.7 yards per punt as a sophomore in 2009. He kicked 17 punts inside the 20-yard line. 37 of 50 kick-offs went for touchbacks. Had a 100 yard kickoff in one of his camp visits.
ESPNU underclassmen kicking challenge earned #1 ranking for class of 2012 punters. At the Chris Sailer Kicking Academy won the won last man standing competition with 53 yard FG and earned #1 ranking for class of 2012. Class of 2012 ESPNU 150 Watch List Recruit and #1 ranked kicker in the country.