July 15, 2008

Five-star Winston talks official visits

Since his decommitment to Arkansas a month ago, the chase has been on for five-star cornerback Darius Winston. Some of the top programs in the nation have found a renewed life in his recruitment and as the fall season approaches, the West Helena (Ark.) Central standout is starting to think official visits.

One school that Winston hopes to take in for a game in the fall is the school he once named as his leader, Michigan.

"I was thinking about a couple games and deciding where I'm going to go," Winston said. "I want to try to make the Michigan-Illinois game."

Another school that hasn't previously been talked about by Winston that looks to be in line for a visit is the University of Tennessee.

"Right now I'm kind of high on them," he said. "They've always been in there. I just love Coach Caldwell. I talked to them a while back kind of low on the radar."

Though Michigan and Tennessee look to be in good shape to get Winston on campus, that doesn't necessarily put them at the top of his list.

"They're two schools I want to find out more about," he said. "They're not leaders, I'm just interested and want to find out more about them."

A third school is also sitting pretty when it comes to getting Winston on campus.

"I definitely want to visit Clemson," he said. "I want to visit Clemson for sure but I'm trying to figure out the date. I want to see how the atmosphere is and I'm just very interested in Clemson and want find out a lot more about them too."

Before the official visit schedule is ramped up, Winston has a few unofficial visits on his plate that will keep him busy in the coming weekend. He will be camping at Tulsa on Friday, Arkansas on Saturday and LSU beginning on Sunday.

At LSU, Winston will be joining some of the top prospects in the country. He will be playing side-by-side with the only cornerback more highly-rated than him, Dre Kirkpatrick and he will be matched up against the top receiver in the country, Rueben Randle.

"I want to see how I do against the top receiver in the country and I want to see if I'm really the second best corner in the country," he said.

He also wanted to get a closer look at the LSU campus.

"I'm really interested in LSU, that's why I really want to go," he said. "I want to go because of the players that are there but also because it's LSU and I want to see the campus and meet the coaches."

Following the LSU camp, Winston has no more plans before the season. He is anxious for the start of the season, and beyond.

"I'm trying to get that state championship and then I'm ready to play college ball."


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