Recruiting profile: Alvin Winters

When you talk about overlooked talents, Daleville's Alvin Winters may be the best player that no one has evaluated.

Winters (6-1, 205, 4.46) is a dynamite athlete who played quarterback, running back, and receiver as a junior while posting impressive numbers at each slot. He is very coachable and his senior prospects appear to be bright.

He has prototype size, speed, and athleticism, but it took the appearance of his new coach (John Moten) to make him realize his worth. " He just needed a little coaching and guidance," Moten said. "If he doesn't get hurt and listens to me, he will shatter records in the state of Alabama. He is awesome.

"He ran a 4.6 at the Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa, but he didn't really know how to run. I instructed him on a few things and he went to the Auburn camp and posted a 4.46."

As a junior, Winters rushed for 1,083 yards on just 81 carries (13.37 yards per carry average) for 15 touchdowns. He put up those stats while sharing time with another running back. Winters also played quarterback due to an injury to the starter, and he ended up passing for 809 yards and seven Tds. He also spent time at receiver where he had 604 yards receiving with three Tds.

If you add up those numbers, Winters accounted for 2,496 all purpose yards and 25 touchdowns. He was selected to the All Conference Team and the Dothan Eagle Super 12 Team.

Winters is the brother of Robert Kilow, Jr (high school at Daleville) who played at Arkansas State and is currently in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. His uncle, Robert Kilow (high school at New Brockton) played at Troy State and also in the NFL for the New York Giants.

This year Winters has dedicated himself in the weight room, where he is now benching 315 pounds and is squatting 545 (eight reps). He sports a 37-inch vertical jump and he is a projected qualifier, although he may be a late in gaining his eligibility.

He lists Auburn and Alabama as favorites with interest also in Southern Miss, Tennessee, MTSU, UAB, and Louisville.

"I'm an Auburn fan," Winters said. "And I have always dreamed of playing there. When I played pee wee football, my coach was a big Auburn fan and I usually hung around with him and that got me to pulling for them."

But Winters is also interested in the Tide. "I really like Coach Franchione. If I decide to go to Alabama it will be because of him. He appears to be doing things right, he's honest, and he will turn the program back around."

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