The Duke of Winston

Arkansas' top prep tight end and Razorback priority recruit talks about his visit to Duke and eliminating a couple of teams from his list.

Little Rock Parkview tight end Marc Winston had a busy weekend, taking in his first official visit and eliminating two schools from his short list.

Winston (6-7, 235), one of the University of Arkansas' coveted recruits, is no longer considering Tennessee and Alabama.

"I've just decided those places are not going to work for me," said Winston, whose dad Billy and uncle Dennis "Dirt" Winston are former Razorback standouts.

That leaves Arkansas, Florida, Stanford, Ole Miss and Duke, where he started his official visit tour last weekend, left to vie for his signature.

"It went great," Winston said. "It was a very exciting time. I had high expectations for Duke and I would have to say they met those."

Winston, who is also a basketball standout, was on hand on the same weekend that interim Duke head coach Ted Roof had the interim taken off his title and was given the job full-time.

Roof was hired after a five-week audition as the interim guy in which his team went 2-3 and his team broke its 30-game ACC losing streak and also beat North Carolina for the first time in 13 years.

"They had all of the players excited and there was quite the buzz around campus about even though it was finals week," Winston said. "There was a lot of media around and it was all quite something to be there for."

Winston believes that Duke did the right thing in hiring Roof, who the players endorsed a week after Carl Franks was fired during the season.

"I think Coach Roof is a great person," Winston said. "He is real down to earth. He is one with the fellas and still had that kind of relationship you can have with the players when you are an assistant instead of the head coach. I think he will do a great job there."

Winston's other official visits that are set as of right now are Stanford (Jan. 9-11) and Florida (Jan. 16-18).

He originally was not going to take one to Arkansas because he has been to the Fayetteville campus on numerous unofficial visits, but says that he will now take one.

He still acknowledges that the Razorbacks are the leader in the clubhouse and doesn't rule out coming to Fayetteville on Jan. 16 when the Razorbacks are having a huge recruiting weekend that includes other Arkansas standouts like Peyton Hillis and Fred Bledsoe as well as a wealth of out-of-state prospects.

"Everybody knows how much I like Arkansas and what a good situation it would be for me because they need some tight ends and I would be playing for the school that I have grown up loving," Winston said. "But it is important for me to take this other visits and just make sure it is the right decision."

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