George Winn verbally committed to the Cincinnati Bearcats football program less than a week ago, and Bearcat Insider recently spoke with the young man from Motown about that commitment.
Bearcat Insider first met George Winn in April when he made an unofficial
visit to the Cincinnati campus to watch a Bearcat spring
football practice. The young man
from University of Detroit Jesuit High School, which is the same school UC tight
end Connor Barwin attended, made the trip south to get a better understanding of
Brian Kelly and his offense. The 5'
10"/180 pound running back that rushed for almost 1,300 yards as a junior
returned to the Cincinnati campus on June 10 to attend a
camp. He very succinctly explained
what happened. "Coach Gilmore
called me a couple days after the camp and offered me. I accepted."
Cincinnati rival, Miami of Ohio, already had an
offer on the table for Winn, and he explained why he so readily accepted the
Bearcat scholarship. "I was waiting
State, but they said they
wanted me to play defense. I want
to play running back, and Cincinnati wants me as a running back." George identified his strengths as a
runner. "I have real good vision,
and I make good cuts." George said
he's run the forty-yard-dash in 4.59 seconds.
The familiarity of Brian Kelly's offense also was attractive to
Winn. "I like the offense very
much. It's the same thing we run at
my high school." George knows this
one back offense also presents its challenges in addition to carrying the
pigskin. "You have to be able to
catch the football, pass protect and have good hands." George realizes he needs to improve in a
few areas when he gets to Cincinnati.
"I need to improve on my pass protection and getting bigger and
Prior to his unofficial visit in April, George admitted that he knew very
little about the Bearcat football program.
"I really didn't know too much about it, but I saw a couple of games on
TV. When I went on campus in the
spring on my visit, I liked the atmosphere."
George said his cousin is Derrick Mason who played 11 seasons as a wide
receiver in the NFL and was voted to four Pro Bowls.
Winn described his commitment as "solid."