PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - He's solidly committed to Pitt, but Wyndmoor (Pa.) La Salle College High School senior kicker/punter combination Ryan Winslow wants to make another visit to the Steel City.
He realizes, however, that playing a high school football schedule mixed with both Friday and Saturday games makes it a little tough.
"It's hard because I really want to get out there and watch my future teammates and football family play," Winslow said following La Salle's 24-16 loss to St. Joseph's Prep Saturday night, a team now ranked No. 17 in the nation by the USA-Today Super 25 prep football poll. La Salle entered the game No. 23 in the same poll.
That wasn't the end of Winslow's response. He added: "As much as I want to get back out there, I know my senior year of football comes first."
Winslow does tentatively plan, however, to try to make one more Pitt game this 2012 season. And he's already saw the Panthers in action once this season.
"I saw them play against Youngstown State - the result was rough but I still had a good time," Winslow said. "I'm hoping to be able to make the Pitt vs. Temple game."
Against St. Joe's Prep, Winslow booted punts of 46, 40, 46, 47 and 40 yards, converted 1-of-2 extra points and one field goal. He also booted one touchback. The Hawks' punt returners only returned one of the five punts, gaining 17 yards. The others were downed by La Salle gunners.
"I was just sticking to our game plan (with punting)," Winslow said. "We knew they had dangerous return threats, and I think I did pretty well with that portion of the game plan."
But Winslow was critical of himself on the missed extra point, which came following an Explorer 29-yard touchdown pass to Jared Herrmann from senior field general Chris Kane on a throwback pass.
"There was some pressure from the sides, but that miss is on me," Winslow said, shaking his head to himself. "I've got to make that kick regardless of the pressure (from the rush)."
Winslow has converted 23 extra points and five field goals for the Explorers (6-1) in his senior season for a total of 38 points. He's two field goals shy of matching his season high of seven, a mark established in his junior season.
Winslow's 38 points scored tie for second-most on LaSalle's team with wide receiver Sean Coleman. Sophomore Jimmy Herron leads the Explorers in points scored with 42.