Winkles, Upson-Lee Win Opener

NC State commitment Logan Winkles hit the field for the first time this season on Friday night, and he played a major role in Thomaston (GA) Upson-Lee's 39-7 win over Berkmar (GA) High School.

NC State commitment Logan Winkles hit the field for the first time this season on Friday night, and he played a major role in Thomaston (GA) Upson-Lee's 39-7 win over Berkmar (GA) High School.

"We came out on Friday and got our first win of the year in the opener," said Winkles. "It was a good game for us because we won 39-7.

"I think I had over 10 tackles, and I killed the heck out of a defensive end when I was blocking him all night. I didn't catch any passes because we just blocked this week."

The talented athlete is coming off a huge junior season. He started last year at linebacker and tight end and is back playing both positions this year. Despite playing in just eight games, he was the team's leading tackler and led the team in receiving yards at the time of the injury. He totaled 83 tackles, six forced fumbles, five sacks, and an interception in 2008.

He was tabbed All-Middle Georgia Honorable Mention, GACA First Team All-State, and was a First Team All-Region selection on both sides of the ball.

Winkles and Upson-Lee face another regional opponent this Friday.

"We have a home game this Friday against Whitewater," said Winkles. "I don't know too much about them right now. I know they are in our region and beat us last year by a touchdown or two. They are decent team... I think they are pretty good."

Winkles committed to NC State over the summer after earning an offer from the Wolfpack's camp. Recruited to play fullback by assistant coach Andy McCollum, Winkles maintains that he's firm with his commitment.

"My commitment was mainly about what coach O'Brien has accomplished," said Winkles. "I researched all the stuff he did at Boston College and I know he wins games. Plus, I really like coach McCollum. He's a lot like my high school coach... in fact all of the State coaches are. I try and stay in contact with him as much as I can because he can't call me."

The Wolfpack pledge plans on watching his future team on Thursday night.

"I can't wait to see it," said Winkles. "I'm ready to watch them beat the crap out of South Carolina. Everybody that knows me knows I'm excited about NC State and the season. I'll be watching this one on TV, but I'm going to try and go to at least two or three games.

"I can't wait for when I get up there. A lot of the folks around here are talking about getting a big group to come see me when I play."

Checking in at 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, Winkles has been timed as low as 4.7 in the 40-yard dash. He was the area weightlifting champion, and benches 330 pounds with a 31-inch vertical and 500-pound squat.

Off the field Winkles carries a 3.5 GPA and projects as a full qualifier.

Pack Pride Scouting Report: "Of all the film we've evaluated this year, Thomaston (GA) standout Logan Winkles has some of the most impressive we've seen.

"Winkles is all over the field, whether it be from his linebacker position or tight end spot on offense. With his long hair, hard-nosed playing style and non-stop motor it's hard not to think of former Boston College standout Jamie Silva.

"The most impressive aspects of Winkles' game are his body control and the feeling he'd run through a brick wall for you if asked. He consistently crushes defenders while on offense and shows absolutely no fear of contact.

"On defense, he moves extremely well for his size and shows good redirection to fight through traffic and then drive through the ball-carrier. You know he's laying the lumber just by the number of fumbles caused in his video.

"For NC State, Winkles would likely project at fullback and with his blocking skills, high-intensity, and all out style, makes for an interesting prospect for the Pack." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

Jr. Film: #87 TE Logan Winkles - Offense -

Jr. Film: #87 LB Logan Winkles - Defense -

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