Football Prospect Following Family Tradition

This in-state prep football star has a brother in the National Football League.

Daleville, Ala.--The abundance of wide receiver talent in Alabama for the 2003 recruiting season is as impressive any year in recent memory with names like Chad Jackson, Jayson Swain and Matt Caddell dotting the landscape. But one name that will quickly join those ranks this fall is Alvin Winters.

A football camp standout at Auburn earlier in the summer, Winters has emerged as one of the top athletes in the state with his blend of size and speed. At 6-1, 205 pounds with a best time of 4.46 speed in the 40-yard dash, he has all the tools to take over a game and he did plenty of that last season for the Warhawks.

Alvin Winters is a versatile prospect with excellent hands and balance.

Playing quarterback and running back in addition to his duties at wide receiver, Winters had an impressive year as a junior. In his time at tailback he rushed for 1,083 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 81 carries. At quarterback he passed for 809 yards and seven touchdowns. To round out the season he caught passes for 604 yards and another three touchdowns. Not bad for a season's work.

Playing mostly tailback as a sophomore, he rushed for 1,100 yards, but right now he looks destined to be a wide receiver on the next level.

Helping that along is the training and tutelage he receives at home from brother Robert Kilow, a second-year wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. A former Warhawk himself, Kilow played at Arkansas State before earning a spot in the NFL by way of free agency last fall. For Winters it's apparent that he will start his football career a little higher up the college football pecking order than his older brother.

"I'm hearing from Auburn, UAB and Alabama a little bit," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Right now it's Auburn and UAB mostly."

While his recruitment is still very much wide open at the moment, Winters left no question as to who is the leader for his services until further notice. Growing up in South Alabama in the same town as former Auburn stars like Tony Richardson, it's no surprise that Winters likes the Tigers.

"I grew up an Auburn fan," he says with a laugh. "My mom grew up an Alabama fan and we always kid each other a lot about who is going to win. My pee-wee coach was a big Auburn fan and I stayed around him a lot when I was little so I always liked Auburn and she was always Alabama."

Winters, who is planning to camp at both Alabama and again on the Plains this summer, is also a standout basketball player. Averaging 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals a game last season, he could likely earn a scholarship on the hardwood, but football is what drives him.

Heading into his senior season, Winters says he believes this could be the year to get Daleville football back on the map as a powerhouse. To do that he says that he knows a lot will depend on how hard he works this summer. Based on his performance so far this summer, it should be a fun season for Warhawk fans.

"I'm trying to get bigger and faster," he says. "Right now I'm benching 315 and I want to improve that before this fall."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Winters is expected to be in Auburn on July 20 when the second Senior Camp is held on the Plains. The first was held in mid-June when more than 300 seniors-to-be were in attendance, including some of the top prospects in the South.


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