Winget Recaps Houston Visit

Mandeville (La.) inside linebacker Preston Winget talks about his trip to the University of Houston.

Preston Winget was at Houston several weeks ago for the Cougars' Junior Day event.

"Houston has a great program and they were spot on with how they handled the Junior Day," said Winget (6-2, 220).

"They gave a great tour and showed what we'll be doing if we sign there. Houston is known for being an offensive team, and they had a ton of offensive players there but only about 30 kids who play defense. Each of us was able to talk with a defensive coach."

Did the staff mention anything about a potential offer?

"They didn't talk about that but they're coming in the spring to Mandeville," said Winget, who led the Class 5A Skippers to the 2011 semifinals.

"Houston said they're taking two linebackers, and I've kept getting letters from them since the Junior Day. Tulane, UL (Ragin' Cajuns) and Northwestern State are coming to evaluate me during the spring, along with Houston."

Winget was one of only two juniors named to the 5A first-team all-state defensive unit and the other junior, Ronald Lewis of West Jefferson, made the team as a kick returner.

"My run-stopping ability is fine but I want to improve my speed," said Winget. "I also want to improve my pass coverage."

While Mandeville reached the "final four" in 5A last year, the Skippers aren't expected to be as strong this fall after graduating a plethora of senior starters, and that's just fine with Winget.

"I love being the sleeper and playing the underdog role," he said.

He has a message for Cougars' fans, too.

"I just want them to know how much I like Houston," he stated.

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