Earlier than the Piñeiros may end the drive from Tuscaloosa again to Miami, Eddy Jr.’s cellphone began ringing. Eddy Sr. noticed a 352 space code quantity pop up on the cellphone, and was stunned when the voice on the opposite finish was Florida head coach Jim McElwain, who invited Eddy Jr. to kick in Gainesville the following day on the drive again to Miami .
Simply in the future faraway from kicking at Alabama’s camp, Piñeiro sailed a powerful kickoff in entrance of Florida coaches, and the Gators supplied him quickly after. Eddy Sr. mentioned the weekend was “like a fairytale.”
A video of Eddy Jr. touchdown kickoffs and making follow discipline objectives from 20-71 yards out gained traction on YouTube that summer season, and he gained consideration on Twitter for posting extra long-range connections – together with a 77-yard attempt – all through his recruitment. Rated 247Sports activities’ top-rated JUCO kicking prospect within the 2016 class, Piñeiro acquired provides from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Miami earlier than signing with the Gators.
However he did not settle for any provides earlier than his father requested some important questions.
“All people began providing scholarships, and that is once I mentioned, ‘Hear, what’s a full trip? Do you pay for books, do you pay for his meals?'” Eddy Sr mentioned. “Clearly, we did not know something about that. They go, ‘On a full trip in soccer, he will get his books, his tuition, his meals, his sleep.’ That is once I mentioned, ‘OK, clearly you’ll be able to change from soccer to soccer.'”