Navy makes push for Lone Star running back

Brett Winnegan says Navy has been trying to hard to entice him to visit campus this fall. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back out of Glenda Dawson High School in the Houston metropolitan area was offered by Danny O'Rourke during the spring evaluation period. He's currently up to 12 offers and has Navy firmly in the mix heading into the final stretch.

"Actually, the Navy coach called me on the phone right before the Ohio State game and told me how much they'd like to have me come for a visit," Winnegan told "They really loved my game film. Coach O' Rourke told me I have the kind of speed to come in and make an immediate impact on the team. I'm actually considering the offer strongly. My dad was in the Army and we talked about military service. I have an offer from Air Force too, but I'm hearing more right now from Navy. I'm looking to try and schedule a visit because I'd like to make my decision within the next two months."

Pearland Dawson had a great senior class last season that featured Tony Upchurch (LSU) and Cody Casey (Texas State). The Eagles went an impressive 11-3. This season Winnegan has less of an experienced supporting cast around him so he's trying to do more all-around.

"The season started off slow," he explained. "I think the coaches saw my game film and made me a target, which is fine. I've been able to open things up for my teammates. As long as we win, that's all that matters. The lanes haven't been there like they were last year. New Mexico State just came in with my 12th offer overall, so I just need to be patient with my game.

"With I running summer track, I think I'm faster this season. Since I'm so quick I usually have been a side-to-side runner but this year I'm trying to get downhill. I know playing at the next level I'll have to get yards as fast as I can on my runs. The first game against George Ranch, it was a problem, but I did a much better job getting downhill in our second game. The quarterback and myself are the main leaders out there. We definitely have some young guys this year, but they're maturing with each game."

This summer Winnegan visited Duke, an offer he's still hoping for, UTSA, and had an overnight camp at USC. He currently says he's in the process of seeing which schools he'd like to give a fall visit to before he decides at the end of his season.

"I'm still open," he said. "I haven't ruled anybody out. When I went to Duke they said they'd likely come through with an offer in the fall, so we'll see if that happens. I'm leaning towards Illinois, UTSA, and Fresno State, with schools like Navy and Rice in the mix to take an official visit. Rice is actually the only school to have offered me on defense, at cornerback. They said with my speed there's a lot they can do with me on the defensive side.

"I don't want to go somewhere and walk out with a degree that doesn't mean anything. I want my degree to matter so I don't don't want to just go anywhere. They have to have great academics. One of the biggest things for me is early playing time. I'll go anywhere for college as far as location but I'd like to play as soon as possible to make an early impact."

Pearland Dawson takes on Houston-area rival, Alvin, in their next game this Friday in District 22/Class 6A play. Top Stories