Whale Branch grad earns preseason honor

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Whale Branch Early College High School graduate Nyles Pinckney was named to the second team of the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame’s inaugural Preseason College Football All-South Carolina Team for the 2020-2021 season.

Pinckney, a senior defensive tackle for top-ranked Clemson, enters 2020 with 71 tackles (10.5 for loss), 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 857 snaps over 43 career games (13 starts) for the Tigers.

In 2019, Pinckney was a third-team All-ACC selection credited with 27 tackles (4.0 for loss), one sack and a fumble recovery in 367 snaps over 14 games (13 starts).

He has already graduated, earning a degree in criminal justice in May 2019 and adding a degree in sociology in May 2020.

The All-South Carolina teams were put together from players who play for an in-state program or were born or raised in South Carolina and play for an out-of-state program. Players were selected from the most talented players with South Carolina ties from FBS, FCS, and NCAA D2 programs from across America.