Ed Tinker, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound three-star wide receiver from Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., still has eight scholarship offers and admits he's taking things slowly in hopes of receiving more interest.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to wait and just see how everything goes before I make a decision," Tinker said. "I want to see if anybody else starts recruiting me or offers me. Alabama has started sending a lot of mail recently, which is cool because they usually don't recruit in Pennsylvania.
"I've also started hearing from Purdue, so we'll just see what happens."
Tinker has offers from Colorado, Louisville, West Virginia, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio, Pittsburgh and Iowa. He says he now favors Colorado slightly over Louisville, Michigan State, West Virginia and Minnesota.
"I've set up my first official visit to Colorado for Sept. 15," Tinker said. "I don't really know too much about them and I'm just excited to see what the area is like and check out their facilities and campus.
"I've heard that Colorado is a really good football atmosphere and I think I'd be able to play early there," he said. "They said they love passing the ball and they are still a young and up-and-coming team. I really like (wide receiver) coach Eric Kiesaw. He said that I'm the key player they need and that's what I like to hear."
Tinker says the Buffs are recruiting him the hardest.
Growing up, Tinker admits he always like West Virginia. "They got great people there," he said. "I feel really comfortable around them and a lot of guys from this area go there. I already know a bunch of the guys on the team."
Tinker attended the Mountaineers home opener against Western Michigan.
Another school where Tinker has connections is Louisville. "I'm friends with Tino Sunseri (quarterback for Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh) and he's already committed to Louisville," Tinker said. "It would be cool if we were to play together and that I'd already know somebody on the team."
Although Tinker admits having a friend on the team would be a plus, he says he would definitely rather get away from home. "That's why I'm not really looking at Pittsburgh," Tinker said. "I want to get away and meet some new people. If I went to Pittsburgh I'd feel like I never left home. They are only like three minutes away so it would feel like I'm still going to high school."
Which might explain why Tinker has Minnesota on his list. "They are farther away and are in a good football conference," he said. "They play great teams and are pretty consistent. I have a really good relationship with their coaches and I like how they pass the ball a lot. That's basically what I like about Michigan State too. I don't know a lot about them and that's why I need to take my visits.
"I'm looking for a school that has a great grad rate and academic support," he said. "I also want to play in a good offense that gets the wide receiver the ball."
Brashear is currently 2-0, but Tinker admits he's "started slow" this season. He's only had 3 catches for 30-plus yards.
He reports a 2.4 core GPA and a 740 SAT, which he is retaking on Oct. 6.