Winter Weekend on the Plains for WR Prospect

A wide receiver prospect discusses his visit to Auburn and interest in the Tigers.

Tampa, Fla.--Plant High School wide receiver Derek Winter says his official visit on a cold and snowy weekend in Auburn left him with warm feelings about Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

"I had a really good visit," he says. "I really enjoyed myself and learned a lot about Auburn. I wasn't expecting the cold weather, but it didn't affect the visit at all."

The 6-2, 195-pound receiver put up big numbers in high school and has offers from Iowa, where he plans to visit next week, and nearby South Florida. "My guess is that it will be a lot colder in Iowa," Winter jokes.

He is still waiting to receive an offer from the Tigers and says he is very interested in the SEC power if Auburn wants to sign him.

Auburn got interested in the wideout late in the process. He notes that Auburn wide receiver coach Greg Knox asked him last Monday if he would be interested in visiting the Tigers after the coach liked what he saw of Winter on video after watching his teammate, junior quarterback Aaron Murray.

The QB and Winter hooked up many times during the 2007 season in Plant's spread offense as Winter caught 75 passes for 1,680 yards and 18 touchdowns. As a junior he caught 90 passes for 1,260 yards and 20 touchdowns. As a sophomore he caught 24 passes for 450 yards and six touchdowns.

The wide receiver says he isn't sure if he will get an offer from the Tigers, but notes he enjoyed his visit. "I liked the players, the coaches and everybody I met," he said. "It was a good weekend."

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