February 10, 2011

Muskegon Heights DE has multiple offers

One of the top players in Michigan for the class of 2012 will be defensive end Evan Winston of Muskegon Heights High School. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect already has several scholarship offers on the table and more are sure to come. SpartanMag.com was able to speak with Winston and got some details on his recruitment.

We asked Winston what schools at this point are showing him the most interest.

"I hear from all of the MAC schools as well as most of the Big Ten and the Big East," he said. "I have six scholarships so far (Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Marshall, Toledo and Western Michigan). I have already been to junior days at Michigan State and Toledo."

How was the junior ay at Michigan State?

"It I had a great time," Winston said. "Coach (Mike) Tressel is my recruiter from Michigan State. I love the school at the proud tradition they uphold. It is a great program."

Last fall Winston helped Muskegon Heights advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs. He finished his junior season with 94 tackles, and 10 sacks. For his efforts, he was named 1st Team All-Area and Honorable Mention All-State. Winston believes Muskegon Heights has a great chance of being even better this coming fall.

With half a dozen MAC scholarship offers already on the table, Winston is on track to likely end up with multiple BCS scholarships by the end of the summer if not sooner. We asked him what it would mean to get an offer from the Michigan State Spartans.

"An offer from Michigan State would me a lot," he indicated "I have some family that went there. It would give me an opportunity to play football in-state."

While staying close to home is not a top priority, the ability for family and friends to be able to see him play in collge is something he taking into consideration.

Winston is a fine all-around athlete. He has participated in several other sports at a competitive level including track, swimming and basketball. We asked Winston what he believes are his strengths as a football player and what will help him make a successful transition to the next level

"I am very fundamentally sound," he stated. "I also play hard and with intensity. Rushing the passer is my specialty, but I also am very good on my run reads."

Another positive aspect is Winston's recruitment is the fact that he is a solid student. He informed us that he currently has a 3.4 GPA and qualifying should not be an issue at all.

The next few weeks Winston will be hitting several other junior days and he will likely come back up to Michigan State to check out a session of spring practice. He also plans on hitting some regional camps and combines so he can showcase his ability. SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Winston as it unfolds.

Under Head Coach Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has taken defensive line recruiting to another level. Winston will certainly be a player that the coaching staff closely evaluates in the coming months. If a scholarship is extended it will be another example of just how deep the in-state class of 2012 is shaping up to be.

To see highlight vide of Winston in action, click the link below.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTB1mlOOJbE

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