Ed Tinker, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound three-star wide receiver from Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., helped lead his team to a perfect 12-0 season and the quad A city championship.
Tinker finished his senior year with 28 receptions over 450 yards and nine touchdowns.
Tinker now favors Colorado, which has been in the lead since early September, solidly over Louisville, West Virginia and Michigan State. All of his favorites have offered.
He says there's an "80 percent" chance he'll choose the Buffs, although he doesn't plan to make his final decision until after taking all of his visits. "I'm gonna go through the rest of the recruiting process," Tinker said. "I want to take the rest of my visits and see how it goes."
Tinker already officially visited Colorado on Sept. 15 and says the Buffs are recruiting him the hardest. "They said they're going to come to one of my basketball games during Christmas break," he said. "I like Colorado because they play a really tough schedule and always hang in tough. They played a lot of top teams this year and made it to a bowl game, which I don't think many people thought they would do. It's a great program and I think they'll be getting even better."
The only other official visit that Tinker has already set up is to Michigan State on Jan. 11. "They have a pretty good team that is still improving," he said. "I also really like the coaches and they always have good quarterbacks and I like their offense."
Tinker plans to visit Louisville and West Virginia in January as well. "I was supposed to visit Louisville this month but had to reschedule," he said. "I'll definitely still visit them. I really like the offense and how explosive it is."
With the recent news of coach Rich Rodriguez leaving West Virginia for Michigan, Tinker admits there's a bit more uncertainty surrounding his Mountaineer visit. "I was really surprised that coach Rodriguez decided to take the Michigan job," he said.
"I really didn't think he'd leave because I remember reading how much he loved West Virginia, so it took me by surprise," Tinker said. "But I don't think it'll affect the program too much. I don't think they'll be making any major changes and hopefully they hire a good coach that can just continue what coach Rodriguez started. They still have a lot of talent and are recruiting really well. I think they'll turn out a good team next year."
Tinker says that his comfort level is going to be the most important factor in his decision. "The distance and location don't matter as long as I'm comfortable," he said. "Even my mother said that I can go anywhere, which is surprising because mother's usually want their sons to stay close to home. She said she'll come see me wherever I go."
The final obstacle for Tinker is making sure he qualifies. He has a 2.4 core GPA, but says this winter semester he earned a 2.8. He scored a 740 SAT and is retaking the test on Jan. 26. "I'm taking SAT prep classes because I really need to get my score up," he said. "I know I need to get around a 910 (SAT) to qualify."