6'5, 245lb. defensive end Mitchell Winters (Ontario, Canada) enrolled for spring semester and is excited to start classes, meet his new teammates, and start practicing.
"Being from Canada, my recruitment experience was a little different from most," explains Mitchell Winters from his new home – a residence hall on Western Campus. "The only time I could catch the eye of college coaches was at summer camps, so I attended about ten camps every summer," says the strong defensive end that visited Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Ohio State and many more. During the summer of 2010, Mitchell's big frame carried too much weight and held back his speed.
Over the following year, Winters dropped over fifteen pounds of "bad weight" and bulked up his frame. In summer 2011, "Coach (John) Klacik talked to me at the Pittsburgh camp. A few weeks later, Coach (Matt) Edwards and Coach (Nick) Siatris saw me at another camp and they really built the bond that made me want to come to Miami," said Winters.
The hard work certainly paid off as Winters ran a 4.7 second 40-yard-dash, dominated many of his one-on-one drills, and completed 19 reps at 225 lbs. on the bench press at a camp this past June. He says that because of his lean height, he is "deceptively strong" and typically employs a quick start to get into the backfield. Winters also had offers from Buffalo, Akron and Western Michigan, but an August visit to Oxford sealed his fate as a RedHawk. "As soon as I saw the beautiful campus and talked to my family about Miami, I knew it was where I wanted to be. It really felt like home," said the Canadian standout.
While he has shifted to a new location, Mitchell has kept a similar focus in Oxford. "Obviously academics and getting acclimated to college life is my top priority, but I'm living with another football player and it's been great to participate in off-season workouts," said Winters. He added that his winter goal was to gain another five pounds of muscle. A veteran defensive tackle for the RedHawks has participated in a few workouts with Winters and told RedHawk Insider, "I've never seen an 18-year-old with that much maturity and that much drive in the weight room." For RedHawk fans, it is reassuring to know that regardless of what transpires on Signing Day next week, Miami already has a hardworking defensive end for the class of 2012.
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