LB/S Alonzo Winfield from Carver High School in Winston-Salem, NC wasted no time jumping on an offer from Tennessee after impressing the Vols at their football camp over the summer. The 6-0, 200 pound prospect ran an impressive 4.54-second 40-yard dash at a Shrine Bowl combine this summer and followed that up with a 4.5-second effort while in Knoxville.
That was enough to garner him scholarships from both Tennessee and South Carolina with NC State showing heavy interest as well. However, the Vols snagged him shortly after making their offer and the opportunity to play safety apparently played a large role in his decision.
"Yeah, I committed to them at their camp," said Winfield. "I really liked the fact that they wanted me to play safety. I had a chance to go the Tennessee-Florida game and that was great. There had to be at least 100,000 people in the stadium and another 100,000 outside the stadium. It was so loud sometimes you couldn't hear yourself talk. It was big and it was real crazy there."
Despite the commitment to Tennessee, Winfield has stayed in touch with the coaches at South Carolina and NC State. He had a chance to take in the Pack's win over Florida State and talked about the NC State program.
"Well, the NC State coaches had talked about offering me but they never have so I'm not really sure what they're going to do," he said. "I made it to the Florida State game and that was my first time going to a game there. I liked the atmosphere and the fans there were nice. They were really into the game all the way until the end. Another thing is I really liked all the coaches at State."
With NC State and South Carolina in pursuit of Winfield, just how solid is Winfield for the Vols?
"I'm committed to Tennessee and I'm pretty sure I'm going to stay with them but I may go to South Carolina and NC State again. If I take any other official visits it would probably be with those two."
Winfield had a big interception this past week and blocked a punt for a touchdown in the previous game to help lead Carver to a 7-1 record so far this year.