Starting All Over

West Helena Central cornerback Darius Winston (6-1, 180, 4.4), the top prospect in Arkansas and a 5-star prospect nationally according to, talks with Hawgs Illustrated about where he stands in the recruiting process.

Over the past few months, West Helena Central cornerback Darius Winston has become a little wary of the media according to the people around him.

The 5-star prospect feels like his words have not come out as he intended on occasion, but also been misconstrued at times, sometimes taken out of context and in at least one case – just plain made up.

So the somewhat shy and soft-spoken Winston (6-1, 180, 4.4), who originally committed to the University of Arkansas before opening things back up, has become cautious about granting interviews lately.

It was apparent one thing he wanted to make clear while in Fayetteville on Saturday for the UA's one-day camp was that the Razorbacks are still in the picture – and not out of it as some seem to think mistakenly.

"Arkansas is still in the mix," Winston said. "They are trying to get me. They are most definitely still in the mix."

But the young man with over 30 offers, who is regarded as the best prospect in the state and No. 34 nationally by, also says there is no front-runner.

"Right now there is no top school," Winston said. "I am basically just starting my recruiting process all over again. I am just going through it all and trying to see what each school has got."

The obvious question is why the quick commitment to Arkansas and then the sudden de-commit five months later?

"I never expected to be recruited so much," Winston said. "I had always said that if Arkansas offered, I would jump. I would jump right away.

"But when all these schools jumped in here, I just wanted to slow down and make sure I was making the right decision," Winston added. "That's all I am trying to do."

Winston, who had 40 tackles and 2 picks last season, turned down a spot in the FBU Top Gun Showcase in Florida on Saturday to attend the a trio of camps this weekend.

The Top Gun Showcase is a invitation-only three-day camp near Orlando that allows top high school prospects to work with former NFL players and coaches.

Winston, who had camped at Tulsa on Friday and was considering going on to LSU on Sunday but was re-thinking that on Saturday, said that he plans to take his five official visits before making a decision.

Arkansas, LSU, Michigan, Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and Miami are just a few of the schools in the mix.

"But right now I can't tell you who those (five official visits) are going to be," Winston said. "I just don't know right now."

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