A Tuscaloosa Sleeper

Alabama is nearing the home stretch of recruiting for the 2014 cycle, but there is a solid talent right in their backyard that is looking to make a run at a scholarship after an impressive camp performance late in the summer.

Meet William Winters, a 6-foot-2, 236-pound two-way prospect from Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Holy Spirit Catholic High School.

He doesn't have a scholarship offer to his name, but he's looking to change that sooner rather than later heading into his senior season.

"I can do a lot, I'm an all-around athlete," he said. "I can play the running back position, the linebacker position. I just want to do what's best for my team on the football field."

This summer, Winters hit a pair of camps, and the last stop proved that he has the tools to play at the next level despite playing Class 1A football in high school.

"I went to camp in Thomasville, Alabama and I went to the Nick Saban Football Camp," he recalled. "While I was there, I made the All-Saban team. I worked out as an inside linebacker.

"They were just telling me 'good job, continue working hard' and that 'Bama may have a spot for me. They want me to keep up the good work, stay dedicated and committed to what I'm doing. I remember Coach Kirby Smart and Coach Saban from that day."

It was the class of 2014 prospect's first time meeting the champion coach.

"It was amazing being around Coach Saban," Winters admitted. "I got to see what he is about, and I had a great time talking to him. I was so used to seeing him on TV, but seeing him in person... it was a great blessing.

"It was great to finally meet him in person and talk to him."

Standing out at a camp like Alabama's as a linebacker, it's no surprise that Scout.com slates him as such when projecting his position.

"I feel like as a defensive player, linebacker is the position for me," added Winters, who notched 118 tackles as a junior. "I like to hit, take control of the defense and be a leader."

Despite reporting "pretty good" grades with the plan to take the ACT several times as a senior, the "small school" tag on his name may be affecting the pursuit for him as a prospect.

"I go to a small school, so we probably don't get much attention," said Winters. "But people tell me as long as you can play, schools will come find you. This is my last year, I'm a senior, so I just hope and pray that coaches will have faith in me and offer me a scholarship."

If he could have his pick, the home-town team would be atop a list of favorites for the heady senior.

Said Winters, "The main schools I would like to hear from is Alabama, number one. Mississippi State and South Alabama, too. I grew up a fan of the Crimson Tide."

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