Jones CC finished their season with a 6-4 record. They were one game away from making the playoffs but lost in their season final. The disappointment is there for Markel Winters, but he also knows that he performed an elite level all season. He had a sack or more in all ten games that his team played. Not bad at all.
"My get-off skills have really improved," Winters said. "I worked hard this off season on my explosiveness. It showed. My hands were much better. I was more violent with my hands this season. I played the five technique and three technique. Playing strong sided end opened up a lot of one on ones. When you are down at tackle you are constantly getting double and triple teamed. It allowed me to get close to the offensive tackle. I would get by them before they could adjust. That allowed me to get to the edge and get after the quarterback a lot. Every day I work on my first step and stance. I do a lot of explosive drills in the weight room every day. It helps with my movement."
Winters play has earned him a trio of new scholarships in the past couple weeks.
"West Virginia offered me last Tuesday. The next day Auburn offered me, and the day after that Mississippi State offered me. They told me that I should start right away and be a big factor on their team next season. Pretty much everyone is saying that. They all say I'll make a big impact for their team next year."
Markel has not been to any college games this fall outside of Ole Miss.
"I've been up to just about all of their home games. Their fan base is crazy there. They always show me a lot of love. You can tell their fans stay behind Ole Miss. The players there are lovely. I get along with a lot of the guys up there. It's just a great place to be."
Winters has set up one official visit, to this point.
"I'm taking my official visit to Ole Miss the December 9th weekend. They are going to give me a chance to come in there and start. It makes me eager for me to come in there and do my job and try and turn it back around for their Landshark defense. They have a lot of good players coming back. It's a great opportunity for me."
Will the Ole Miss commitment take anymore officials?
"I'm not sure. I have to talk it over with my parents and the Ole Miss coaches. They've been good to me. I'm going to let them be a part of that decision. I graduate from here in just a few weeks. It's getting close."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at email@example.com