Among a trio of defensive linemen signed by Missouri this year is DT prospect Evan Winston 6'4" 260 Muskegon Heights (MI), who possesses significant weight-gain potential, and who has shown himself to be equally effective against both the run and the pass.
Winston is a versatile athlete with a good size frame, who plays with power and has shown the ability to shed blocks. He chose Missouri over offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, and Michigan State, among others.
As a senior, Winston recorded 88 tackles, including 22 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, while forcing 5 fumbles. That performance followed a junior season in which he registered 93 tackles, including 11 sacks. Winston, who played for Coach Tony Blankenship at Muskegon Heights, was named First-Team All-State following his senior season.
Winston is a three-sport athlete who excelled in basketball and track, as well. He plans to major in nursing at Missouri. His parents are Steven and Kathy Winston.
Missouri Assistant Coach Craig Kuligowski was the primary recruiter for Evan Winston. He said that the Missouri staff liked Winston early on.
"We saw his athleticism," said Coach Kuligowski. "He's got great change of direction. He's very flexible. He's a powerful player, which you see right away on his video………………………………………. He committed to us in the summer time. Every week that I talked to him, there was a new school that had come in to try to recruit him away from us. And, he just stayed loyal to us. We're excited to have him."
"He's a guy who is probably going to play defensive tackle for us," explained Coach Kuligowski. "He's just going to get bigger and stronger. Last year, he played linebacker, defensive end, defensive tackle, one game they lined him up at safety. He's a good player."
JP's:Take: Evan Winston is an explosive athlete coming off the line that has the potential to be a dominant player in college as he gets bigger and stronger. He displays good speed and quickness, and sees the plays as they unfold and has the motor and athleticism to be an effective play maker both in the pass rush and against the run. He would like to play DE in college if possible, but looks like he has the making of a good 3-technique DT.