Winston's All In

Mobile (AL) Vigor defensive JaMichael Winston (6-5, 240) reaffirms his commitment to Arkansas after an official visit to Fayetteville this weekend that actually doubled as his first look at his future home.

Mobile (AL) Vigor defensive end Jamichael Winston committed to Arkansas sight unseen in part because the Razorback staff took a leap of faith.

Now that he has seen it, he says he is sure he is all in and clearly that leap of faith has paid off.

Winston (6-5, 240), who missed his entire junior season due to a shoulder injury, took his official visit to Arkansas this weekend.

"I loved everything about Arkansas," Winston said. "From the way they people treat you to the facilities to the coaches and players. It was just great. I made the right decision. This place is great and the place for me."

Still Winston, whose host was Razorback defensive tackle Byran Jones, will take a visit next weekend.

"I am going to take the visit to Clemson next week, but I am absolutely solid to Arkansas," said Winston, a three-star prospect according to Scout.com.

He chose Arkansas over offers from Mississippi State, Michigan State, Purdue, Clemson, South Carolina, Kentucky and others.

Winston, whose grandfather is 7-2 and great grandfather is 7-4, did indeed miss his junior season due to a shoulder injury.

He rebounded with a big-time senior season in which had 103 tackles with 17 sacks and 12 other tackles for lost yardage.

"We had a great season, getting all the way to the state championship game before losing," Winston said. "I had a great comeback season and everything just went great for me and I went out and proved I could play the game."

Winston got a chance to visit with new Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes and Razorback defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell this weekend.

"I like Coach Haynes and his ideas," Winston said. "He really knows what he is doing and Arkansas is going to have a great defense with him.

"Coach Caldwell is just a great guy and great coach," Winston added. "I can't wait to play for him and learn from him."

He got a idea from Jones about life on campus.

"He is from near Louisiana so he know what it is like to be a long way away from home and how you handle it," Winston said. "He was real with me and let me know all I needed to now.

"I know I have made the right decision now that I have been here," Winston added. "Arkansas is definitely the right place for me."





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