November 22, 2007

Tinker to visit Louisville

Call him a wide receiver. Call him a defensive back. Or maybe call him an outside linebacker. Heck, line him up and let him kick. But whatever you call 6-foot, 205-pound athlete Ed Tinker, you can call him a Pittsburgh City Champion.

The three-star prospect led his Brashear H.S. team to an undefeated season and a City League championship last week with a 14-13 win over Allderdice. "We've been there. It wasn't nothing new," Tinker told "We've been there three years since my freshman year, but we never ended up with a win. So this year we had to come out with a win.

"They were up 13-7 in the first half, and we scored at the end of third quarter. Then I had to make the extra point to put us up by one. That was really the pressure right there. I'm not really a field goal kicker, so I was a little bit nervous," Tinker added.

Excuse me, Ed - you kicked the extra point? "Yes, sir," Tinker answered with a laugh. "I'm all over the place." Next up, Brashear will take on Erie Cathedral Prep this Friday night in the state playoffs.

After that, Tinker hopes to continue in the playoffs, and he expects to take an official visit to Louisville sometime in the next two weeks. "One of the coaches came up to the school and hopefully I'll make an official visit this weekend coming up or the week after," the player said.

"They are just telling me that they were talking to my coach and he was telling the Louisville coaches that I never get off the field," said the No. 24 player in Pennsylvania. "They were saying I have the chance to play as a freshman at wide receiver and special teams."

Tinker, who plays safety, cornerback, outside linebacker, kicker, and wide receiver, said Colorado, Louisville and Michigan State are his top three at this point.

"At all three, I like that I could play my freshman year," he said. "I'm looking towards that. Especially at Michigan State, Coach (Mark) Dantonio is recruiting me as an athlete, so they don't know where I could play. They just put me up there as an athlete. Louisville said I could play special teams and a wide receiver as a freshman. Colorado wants me to play corner.

"I can play wherever; it doesn't matter as long as I see the field," he added.

Louisville assistant Greg Nord is recruiting him for the Cardinals. Tinker said he hopes to major in athletic training or business management in college.

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