Eddy Pineiro Recruiting Update: Florida Challenging Alabama

    Eddy Pineiro recruiting update features a heated battle between the Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide.

    December 9, 2015

    Eddy Pineiro is definitely a name you’ve heard of before if your college football team is in need of a kicker. He’s the No. 1-rated kicker by 247Sports, and he’s been committed to Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide since June 11.

    Saban knows Pineiro’s commitment isn’t exactly a done deal, though. Aside from the mantra that nothing is done until National Signing Day comes and goes, Alabama is trying to weather the storm that is Jim McElwain.

    The Florida Gators have been hot on the trail after Pineiro, and the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions view Florida as a lock to flip the junior college kicker with a 100-percent chance Pineiro chooses the Gators.

    Florida’s kicking woes were as evident as they’ve ever been this season. Austin Hardin and Jorge Powell combined to go 7-of-17 on their field goal attempts.

    It might be a different story in Tuscaloosa, Ala. though. Adam Griffith will be a senior next year, and he nailed 21-of-29 field goal attempts for Alabama this season.

    Pineiro could theoretically take the starting job within the first five minutes of his time at Florida — should he flip his commitment.

    Saban brought Mario Cristobal and Bobby Williams along for an in-home visit with Pineiro on Tuesday to try and keep the Crimson Tide in the running.

    But it seems as though Florida has a legitimate shot to steal away Pineiro, who has the ability to hit a 77-yard field goal based on the video he posted to Twitter.

    Who would have thought one of the nation’s most-heated recruiting battles would be for a junior college kicker? That should speak to how little faith there is for the kickers on Florida’s roster right now.

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