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Former Sunset High standout Eddy Pineiro plans to sign with UF

Eddy Pineiro is shown in 2013 when he was named an All-Dade soccer player for Miami Sunset High.
Eddy Pineiro is shown in 2013 when he was named an All-Dade soccer player for Miami Sunset High. Miami Herald Staff

Eddy Pineiro has done something few people do — decommitting from coach Nick Saban’s University of Alabama program and vowing instead to sign with Florida.

Pineiro, who was mostly a soccer star at Sunset High, has never kicked a field goal in a game. Yet, because of his powerful leg and the work he has done at camps, he has had some of the top programs in the nation fighting over him.

He de-committed from Alabama because he wanted to be closer to home. The University of Miami also offered, but Pineiro said he turned the Hurricanes down as well.

“I feel like they [the Canes] are rebuilding,” said Pineiro, who made his Florida announcement at a sports bar Tuesday night and will officially sign with the Gators on Wednesday.

Pineiro, 20, was originally set to play soccer at Florida Atlantic, but he never got there because his SAT scores were not high enough, he said.

Instead, he went to ASA College in North Miami Beach. He played soccer there and next week he will earn his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.

He will be a junior academically at Florida but will have four years of football eligibility.

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