It was a week ago that La’Mar Winston exited Central Catholic’s game against Reynolds in the first quarter with an ankle injury that initially seemed devastating. Reports from the game given to eDuck by Scout.com’s Kevin Wade indicated that Winston, who was on crutches, was having difficulty walking at first.
Winston himself thought he was going to be delivered news that was much worse than what it turned out to be: a high ankle sprain. The four-star prospect and Oregon verbal commit will be sidelined for a couple of weeks at least, but he considers the diagnosis to be a lucky break.
“It’s really encouraging that it’s only an ankle sprain,” he said. “I thought it was way worse. I was in a lot of pain when I initially rolled it so I’m glad that it wasn’t as bad.”
Despite the injury, Winston will be in Eugene on his official visit this weekend. There isn’t much he hasn’t already seen given that he’s been a regular at games this season, so this time around the visit will be about developing relationships.
“I just want to hang out with the players and kind of experience the life that the players live just for a day,” he said. “And just see what’s going on and how do I feel I will fit in at the University of Oregon, in the environment, in the community and alongside my future teammates.”
With big names like five-star outside linebacker Caleb Kelly, four-star safety Calvin Bundage, three-star defensive end Keith Simms and three-star offensive lineman Mike Alves listed to be in town this weekend, Winston’s main focus is convincing any of the uncommitted prospects to join him and his fellow commits in Eugene.
“The goal is to recruit, recruit, recruit, recruit,” “Get more recruits. We want to try and build a powerhouse and try to bring the Class of 2016 in with a bang.”
Since committing at The Opening, Winston said he has remained close with the coaching staff and a few players. It has him excited to begin his career as a Duck.
“I talk the coaches every week,” “Actually often during the week. And I talk to the players a lot. Bralon Addison, Arrion Springs and a couple other players. We talk and we (direct message) and I talk to them before games and all that. It’s been really good. No complaints at all. I’m excited about being able to get to Oregon and build a better relationship with the players face to face rather than over social media.”