Super Tight End Down to Three

At 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, Midland (Texas) Lee standout Eric Winston is generally considered one of the best tight end prospects in the entire country. The talented Texan says he's pretty much got things narrowed down to three. He talks about that and more in this indepth interview.

Winston is having an outstanding season for one of the top teams in the state of Texas. Blocking-wise, he's graded out at approximately 92-percent this season. Through the air, Winston has 14 receptions for 160 yards and one touchdown, which was a game-winner against arch-rival Permian late in the season.

Winston, who is a full academic qualifier, is starting to narrow his college choices list down.

"I'm pretty much down to [Texas] A&M, Texas, and Miami," Winston said. "I plan on taking visits to all three schools, and I'll probably also go on a visit to LSU. They showed a lot of interest in me by coming to one of my games, so I'll show interest in them by visiting their school."

"A lot of people say the in-state schools lead, but that's not true right now," he said. "I have never been to the University of Miami. Coach Chudzinski and I get along great on the phone. I can't wait to visit Coral Gables, everyone says it's a beautiful place. Until I get there, I have no way of telling how I like it compared to A&M or Texas."

Winston has a visit scheduled for Miami on December 14, but if his team makes it to the state title game like he thinks they will, Winston will reschedule. "If I can't make it then, Chud and I have already talked about me coming in on January 18."

January 18 happens to be the weekend that fellow tight end prospect Curtis Justus visits Miami. Winston likes the fact that both are considering Miami and is looking forward to meeting him.

"I know he's from Oklahoma and he's really considering Miami," he said. "I think you always need someone to compliment you as another tight end. We're two different types of players and I think we could work very well together in the same offense."

Winston, whose grandparents live in Venice, says he is enjoying the season the Hurricanes are having. "Miami is having a great year," he said. "They run an offense that I want to play in. I want to become a complete tight end and at Miami, the tight end is a complete player."

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