It had been six months since 2014 LB prospect Roderick Winters 6’0” 210 Arlington (TX) Bowie had committed to Missouri, and even longer since he had seen the Missouri campus. Winters had committed to Missouri in July after having attended a team camp at Missouri in June.
So, this weekend reminded him of what he liked about the Tigers. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Winters when he and his family were on their way home from his official visit to Missouri.
“My visit was great!” said Winters. “Everything was great! The food, the coaches, the players, everything was great!”
Winters had chosen Missouri over offers from Central Oklahoma, New Mexico State, North Dakota, and Sam Houston State, among others.
Winters has been timed at 4.52 seconds in the forty-yard dash, and he has posted a 39” vertical jump. He also has personal bests of 21’5” in the long jump and 46’4” in the triple jump for his school’s track team. He's currently preparing for his senior season in track.
The talented OLB prospect went on to talk about his official visit.
“Missouri was great! I like the coaching staff,” said Winters, who confirmed his status as a solid Missouri commit. “I can’t wait until the (construction on the) stadium is done, to see how it looks.”
I asked Winters what stood out to him about his visit? He said that it was exciting to get to meet with academic advisors on Saturday morning.
“They explained how my major was going to go,” replied Winters, who plans to major in engineering. “I really liked that.”
He said that he was hosted by Russell Hansbrough, who also attended Bowie. He mentioned hanging out with several other players by name, including Brandon Lee, Evan Boehm, Darius White, Darvin Ruise, Anthony Sherrils, and Marcus Murphy.
Winters is up from 200 pounds last summer, well on his way to his targeted playing weight of 225-230. He’s an elite-level athlete who is a serious student. He said that he’ll sign with Missouri next week and arrive on campus to begin classes in June.