On Monday he picked Auburn and plans to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday. "Derek is going to be an Auburn Tiger," Plant High head coach Robert Weiner tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I think Auburn is getting a tremendous football player."
Winter says that he really enjoyed his official visit to Auburn and was impressed by the players, coaches and other people he met as well as the combination of high level football and strong academics. "I like the facilities and the players really get along well together, which is something I really noticed," he says.
One of the more productive wide receivers in the country as a junior and senior, in 2007 Winter was awarded the Guy Toph Award presented to top best football player in Hillsborough County.
The 6-1, 196 receiver caught 75 passes for 1,668 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. 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.
Winter, who took an offiical visit to Auburn in January, received a scholarship offer from the Tigers last week. After his visit to the Auburn campus he said that Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers were one of his favorites in a group offering scholarships that included hometown USF, Iowa, Illinois, Georgia Tech and others.
Weiner says Winter is excellent person both on and off the field. "Derek is a really, really outstanding student as well as a great player."