Windsor Considering UMD With Offer In Hand

Maryland is continuing to mine the high school and junior college ranks for defensive line help, and on Jan. 4 the Terps tossed another offer out in Big Ten country. Fond Du Lac (Fon Du Lac, Wisc.) defensive end/tackle Robert Windsor said UMD line coach Chad Wilt let him know head coach Randy Edsall had reviewed his film and wanted to extend the scholarship.

Maryland is continuing to mine the high school and junior college ranks for defensive line help, and on Jan. 4 the Terps tossed another offer out in Big Ten country. Fond Du Lac (Fon Du Lac, Wisc.) defensive end/tackle Robert Windsor said UMD line coach Chad Wilt let him know head coach Randy Edsall had reviewed his film and wanted to extend the scholarship.

“I was really happy that they offered, and now I’m just getting to know Coach Wilt and find out more about the program,” said Windsor, who holds offers from the likes of Illinois, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, Purdue and Eastern Michigan, among others. “Coach Wilt first got in contact with me like a week or two ago, but then I didn’t hear from him for a little bit with [the Terps] in a bowl game. But he just got back in touch and I found out I had the offer.

“[Wilt] was just telling me he really likes me, he likes my work ethic and he wants me to be part of their football team. I’m looking forward to talking to him more.”

Windsor hasn’t set up an official visit date to College Park, Md., yet, but he said he is definitely considering trekking East. He said Maryland’s need for defensive linemen and strong academic reputation have piqued his interest.

“I’m a Big Ten guy; I grew up on Big Ten football, so I saw Maryland on TV a couple times this year,” said Windsor, an honors student who noted education is very important to him. “They finished like third in the league behind Ohio State and Michigan State and had a good first season [in the Big Ten].

“I saw them in the bowl game and like one or two other times. I like the way their defense plays and gets after it with the 3-4 [scheme]. I think I’d fit in well there, maybe as a three-technique defensive tackle or a five-technique. I’ll play either spot, just as long as I’m helping the team.”

Besides UMD, Windsor has been hearing from Penn State and Iowa, in addition to offerees like Illinois, Iowa State and Vanderbilt. Pittsburgh was in touch, but Windsor is unsure whether or not the new staff will pursue him or not. He has also not heard from hometown Wisconsin, which features former Panthers coach Paul Chryst as the new headman.

“With Penn State, I’ve only been talking to their coaches for a short time, but they like me and said they’re getting back to me about an offer. So I’m waiting to hear back from them,” Windsor said. “Then Iowa State, I’ve been there before, and I like their new weight room and where they’re going as a program. And Iowa, that’s another really good Big Ten school, but I have to see if they want to offer or not. [The Hawkeyes are] interested, and the coaches seem to like me. I’m thinking about Vanderbilt too, maybe. [Vandy] did offer and that’s a great school academically. I’m considering visiting there too.”

Windsor has already taken one official to Illinois back on Dec. 5, and he currently has the Illini sitting No. 1.

“I really liked Illinois a lot, but I haven’t visited any other schools yet, so there’s really nothing to compare it with,” Windsor said. “But I did really like the coaching staff, the players, the area and the university and how it’s a great education. Right now they’re my top school.”

The Fond Du Lac product said he’s Wisconsin born and raised, and has never ventured East before. His mother and father both attended the University to Wisconsin, although his dad did go to Penn State for medical school. The rest of his family resides in cheese country, however.

“I don’t really have any connections anywhere except Wisconsin,” Windsor said. “[Wisconsin] is pretty much all I’ve known.”

Windsor, though, said he’s not opposed to venturing outside his comfort zone. He’s heading into the final open period before Signing Day with an open mind and is eager to check out new locales.

“Right now I’m trying to figure out what schools I want to see in January,” Windsor said. “I’m trying to get in contact with these coaches, see who really wants me and then go from there. I’m thinking I’ll see three schools in January and then make my [college] decision right around Signing Day.”

Windsor is coming off a season where he recorded 56 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He said he played both end and tackle at Fond Du Lac and projects to either position in college, depending on scheme.

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