December 1, 2011

UW Football Receives Three Verbals

The UW football program received recent commitments for 2012 when College of Desert offensive linemen Walker Madden, defensive end Richard Winston of Chandler High School, and Australian punter Tim Gleeson verballed Dave Christensen's staff.

The Cowboys typical have gained the most ground with commitments during Christensen's tenure in the month of December.

The Cowboys could look to sign a class close to the NCAA minimum of 25 in February and likely will see a couple of early signees later this month, including Iowa Juco running back Evan Williams who originally signed with the Pokes in 2010.

After signing day, the program will be close to the 85 scholarship limit allowed by the NCAA for the first time in several seasons.

Madden and Winston visited the UW campus this fall, where it helped solidify their interest in the program.

Defensive End Richard Winston
Chandler, Arizona (Chandler)
6-4, 220 Pounds

Winston has a quick first step as a weakside defensive end where it helps him become an effective pass rusher. He'll come with a good frame at nearly 6-foot-5 to add bulk in college and looks to give the Pokes more size and athleticism on the line. He's well built and brings natural strength, though needs to play with more intensity every snap.

He received interest from Arizona State, Washington State, Boise State, and New Mexico. Winston had six scholarship offers including Wyoming, Arizona State, New Mexico, Montana, Washington State, and Western Kentucky.

He missed a good portion of his junior season because of an injury and his recruitment didn't pickup until later heading into his senior season.

"He has great quickness and anticipation off the edge," said Chandler coach Shawn Ajoano." He's a good character kid with the right focus."

Punter Tim Gleeson
Melbourne, Australia (Prokick)
6-2, 195 Pounds

The right footed kicker is living in Melbourne, Australia. Gleeson is a punter with Prokick, Australia with skills and decent strength in his leg and has worked hard to improve in his position.

His strength is the ability to do directional punts, lining the ball and effectively kick OOB and helping keep return yards to a minimum.

The graduation of UW senior punter Austin McCoy after the season, Gleeson will have the opportunity to win the job next fall as a scholarship kicker. He does handle field goal and extra point holding.

Offensive Tackle Walker Madden
6-foot-8, 270 pounds
College of the Desert (Palm Desert, CA)

Madden brings a huge frame at 6-foot-8 and mobility to play the tackle position for the Cowboys, while needing to gain a little more bulk. He originally committed to Indiana State before changing his verbal to the Cowboys and will bring two years of eligibility coming from the Juco ranks out of Southern California.

The Cowboys now have seven commitments from offensive linemen Christian Chamaqua and Jacob English, running back Evan Williams, and German athlete Eric Nzeocha., along with Winston, Gleeson, and Madden.

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