Winfree impressed with Terps

2014 recruit Juwann Winfree came away impressed with the facilities and talent of Terps.

Juwann Winfree took in the Maryland-Georgia Tech game on November 3rdand came away impressed.

“That was my favorite school since I was a little kid,” Winfree said. “I just love the facilities.”

Winfree, like other prospects, likes the young talent he sees at Maryland.

“I know they have a few young kids, like Stefon Diggs,” Winfree said. “I've seen him play on TV, so I knew he'd be great. I could see myself playing for them.”

Maryland isn't the only school Winfree has been visiting though.

“I went to Rutgers a few weeks ago when they faced UConn,” Winfree said. He also plans to visit Temple and Penn State during the November 23rd-November 25th weekend.

Winfree, who has offers from Old Dominion and Pittsburgh, plays both ways for Dwight Morrow High School (Englewood, New Jersey), suiting up as a wide receiver and cornerback. Winfree is hoping to play on the offensive side of the ball in college though.

“Personally I like receiver, so I rather play receiver,” Winfree said. “But a lot of people say I have an advantage at corner, so they could see me there.”

Winfree said his recruiting coordinator, Keith Dudzinski, the inside linebackers coach, has told him Maryland is ok with him playing as a receiver.

“He told me I could play where I feel comfortable at,” Winfree said.

Winfree said on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not interested at all, Maryland is an eight and a half for him.

Winfree gave three reasons why Maryland is so high on his list of college suitors. One was distance. It takes Winfree only four hours to drive from Englewood to College Park. Another is academics. The final reason is pretty self-explanatory.

“Also because of the team, its athletics,” Winfree said.

In terms of defense, Winfree believes his footwork is key to shutting down receivers.

“On defense, I have good footwork so I can bring that to the field,” Winfree said. “And it makes it easier to mark receivers.”

Winfree also believes his experience at receiver helps out when's at corner. Winfree patterns his defensive game off North Carolina State's junior cornerback David Amerson.

“He's a pretty tall corner like me. He reads the offense well. Last year he came up 11 picks [in the regular season]. I feel l like could do the same.”

When it comes to offense, Winfree looks to a current Terp for inspiration, Diggs.

“We are almost the same height, and [I love] the fact that he can return punts, kickoffs, rushes,” Winfree said.

Winfree is no slouch himself in the special teams department; this year, he had two kickoff returns for a touchdown. Winfree also finished the season with two receiving touchdowns, a rushing touchdown, and a fumble return for a touchdown, for a total of six overall touchdowns.

Winfree explained that the lack of eye-popping stats was due to his team's playing style.

“It's hard to get the ball on this team because we are a run-first team,” Winfree said.

Dwight Morrow ended the season with a 6-4 record and a 40-6 victory over Central High School (Newark, NJ) on November 16th. Winfree contributed to the victory with a 75-kick return for a touchdown and two interceptions.

Now Winfree will have more time to visit and look at colleges. He already has a top five though: Rutgers, Pitt, Maryland, Georgia, and West Virginia.

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