Winston discusses Oregon offer
On Sunday evening, Oregon offered 2016 in-state linebacker Lamar Winston Jr.. Winston, a three-star prospect who plays for two-time defending state champions Central Catholic in Portland, spoke with eDuck on Monday morning about what the offer means to him. “That’s huge because of the fact that they don’t usually offer in-state athletes,” Winston said. “I was surprised initially. And just because they’re close to home and close to my family and stuff, that’s a huge thing also because my family support has been here throughout my whole life. So it’d be great if they could come to my college games.” The offer came from outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander after Winston participated at a 7-on-7 tryout over the weekend with the Barton Football Academy. Winston credits the program with helping to elevate his and other athletes' profiles in a state that can be hard to make a name in on a national level. “Coming out of Oregon for football has been very difficult in the past,” Winston said. “Now we have guys with connections and stuff like that. They help and they want us to get exposure and they’re just here for the betterment of the player and the athlete. I feel like that’s a great thing because you usually don’t have guys like that.” The athletes coming out of the state in 2016 certainly seem to appear more appealing to the Oregon coaching staff given that they’ve already offered and received a verbal commitment from Winston’s teammate, defensive back Brady Breeze. The opportunity to play alongside Breeze at the next level is something that Winston finds very intriguing. “Playing with Brady would be amazing,” he said. “That’d be insane. Yeah, it does have a little bit of impact on it because of the fact that we played this past season together and really got to bond. Even before the offer, we’ve been great friends so this adds a whole different perspective to it.” Winston holds additional offers from Oregon State and Washington and has been receiving more interest from programs like Utah, Colorado, Arizona State, and Boise State as of late. Looking ahead to the offseason, Winston indicated that he could attack the camp circuit and find time to take visits. Although he isn’t quite sure where to yet, he said that Washington and Oregon are two of his top destinations.
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