Winston chooses Arkansas over Florida

Little Rock Parkview tight end Marc Winston (6-5, 235) battled with decision, but finally chose to be a Razorback instead of a Gator on Tuesday.

Marc Winston, Little Rock Parkview's 6-5, 235-pound tight end and one of the cornerstones of the University of Arkansas' recruiting class, made the Razorbacks his pic on Tuesday afternoon.

He chose Arkansas over Florida - his other co-finalist as well as Tennesse, Stanford and Duke.

"There last week it was Arkansas one hour and Florida the next and it was the hardest decision of my life," Winston said. "But Sunday night it came to me that it was Arkansas. I thought about calling and commiting right then, but wanted to just take my time, clear my head and make sure."

Winston talked with his family about it on Monday, including his dad and former Razorback Billy Winston.

"We set down and just couldn't see a reason to go to Florida when all I needed was here," Winston said. "Florida is a great football program, but Arkansas is, too, and I love (UA head) Coach (Houston) Nutt, Danny Nutt and all that staff and they just put their heart and soul into getting me to stay here and I realized that was the right thing to do."

But he slept on it Monday night - just to make even more sure.

"I called Coach Nutt at about 4:30 and told him I wanted to be a Razorback," Winston said. "They were as excited as I was. I bet they passed the phone to five or six different coaches and they were all just showing great emotion and it made me feel so good."

Winston knows he has a chance to contribute right away at Arkansas.

"Florida has several tight ends, signing some more and I am flattered that they wanted me so much," Winston said. "But I know I can play earlier probably at Arkansas and I am coming to work hard and play next year."

Winston's announcement leaves the stage set for Little Rock Central's Fred Bledsoe to be the last high-profile UA recruit to make a decision public.

"I actually have not talked to Fred since last Tuesday when we played basketball," Winston said. "But he knows he needs to make the right decision - which is the same one I did."


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