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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
ATH Winfree talks recent offers

By Jared Shanker

Juwann Winfree (Englewood, N.J./Dwight Morrow) is closing in on double-digit offers, and his most recent offers are some of his biggest.

The junior athlete picked up offers from South Carolina and West Virginia on Tuesday. Both programs like him at receiver, and that is especially intriguing for Winfree when it comes to the Mountaineers.

“This was a very exciting offer for me because off the bat this is one of my favorite schools,” he said. “I look up to Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey a lot and to be able to fill their positions would be amazing.”

The Gamecocks have had success recruiting the Mid-Atlantic the last few seasons, adding ESPN 150 running back David Williams this past January and quarterback Tanner McEvoy a few seasons ago, although he is no longer with the program.

Winfree did not hear from the South Carolina coaches until Tuesday when they offered, but that does not hurt his perception of the Gamecocks.

“This is a very exciting offer, especially coming from a top-10 SEC school,” Winfree said.

Fellow SEC East program Vanderbilt offered Winfree recently as well. The Commodores, much like South Carolina, have increased efforts to recruit the Mid-Atlantic, landing four-star cornerback Tre’ Bell of New Jersey in the 2013 class. Like Bell, Winfree would play cornerback at Vanderbilt, which he has no issue with after talking with the coaches.

“I’ve been patient with this offer but this was a school I’ve been looking at for a while since watching [Vanderbilt product] Casey Hayward of the Packers,” Winfree said. “When I spoke to Coach about him, he said I can be even better than him, which stuck out to me a lot.”

At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Winfree fits the mold of what Michigan wants out wide at receiver. The Wolverines offered Winfree last week. Winfree spoke with a bevy of Michigan coaches, including head coach Brady Hoke, offensive coordinator Al Borges and receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski.

“Michigan is just big time and receiving an offer from them was also huge,” Winfree said. “I spoke to the head coach, WR coach and offensive coordinator and my recruiter and the way they spoke about me was just exciting, saying I was one of the best receivers in the class and they plan on using me in a nice spread offense, which I really like.”