March 11, 2011

CMU looks to add another Winston in 2012

Muskegon Heights (Mich.) defensive end Evan Winston has already received twooffers from two MAC programs, and many more are showing a great deal of interest. The 6-foot-4 and 240 pound defensive end is just in the early stages of his recruiting after finishing his junior season with 94 tackles and 10 sacks, but things figure to turn up once he hits the summer camp circuit.

"I have official offers from Toledo and EMU. The rest I was told not to disclose until they were official. Others that are showing interest are just the entire MAC, the entire Big Ten, and the entire Big East," said Winston. "I'm looking for a school with a family atmosphere. I want a place not only to make me a better football player but a better man. The school I hope will be able to push me to my max potential as a player and just a place I can succeed."

Central Michigan, a school that has produced numerous great defensive ends and linebackers that have gone on to the NFL, is one of those schools showing interest. And Winston is already familiar with the Chippewas program due in large part to a family connection. His brother, Steve Winston, is currently a defensive lineman at CMU, and the two have a very good relationship.

"My brother plays there and he likes it a lot. I personally don't have much contact with the staff, so it's hard for me to say much about them," said Winston. "As for the Central Michigan itself the people are nice, the community is nice and it's not too big or too small. I want to go to a school for me though and not one based for me. It definitely helps that my brother is there. It would be a dream for me to play with him and it would be easy for me and my family."

As Winston continues to develop and go further in the recruiting process, he will continue to improve his weaknesses such as his speed, and lean on things that have made him a sought after player.

"I am just a player that is prepared for anything, I have a big motor. My strengths are my pass rush and just getting after the quarterback," said Winston. "I don't have many weaknesses, but I need to work on my speed and get faster, I do that 24/7. As I am currently doing track and running the big man mile and big man hurdles. My coaches help me work on form and getting faster a lot."

The future for Winston looks to be a busy one as he travels looking at a variety of schools.

"As for Junior Days, I just went to Michigan State, and will be going to Iowa. I plan on going to Michigan's spring game and practices too, along with heading to Central Michigan sometime. I also hope to camp in the entire Midwest," said Winston. "MSU's visit went great. I got a chance to socialize with the coaches and I saw the beautiful campus."

And it's after he makes most of his visits and checks schools out heading into the summer that Winston will look to make a decision.

"I hope to make a decision on where I will attend before the season, but if not definitely before the end of the season," explained Winston. "I don't have a top five and I would hate to limit myself, but I definitely like Michigan and Michigan State as they are in state. That isn't a top priority but it would be nice so I can see my family a lot."

Everyone has that player they base game off of and look to play like, but for Winston he has two in Brian Orakpo and Dwight Freeney.

"I would say I'm like Brian Orakpo from Texas who is just really good at getting off, and who is a beast, he is a lot stronger which I hope to increase. Also I like Dwight Freeney who can just get everywhere whenever he wants," added Winston.

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