Winfield Switches To The Gamecocks

Carver (Winston Salem, NC) 3-star linebacker Alonzo Winfield committed to the Tennessee Volunteers back in June, but after making an official visit to South Carolina last weekend, the versatile Tar Heel State prospect decided on Wednesday night to switch his commitment and play for Head Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks.

Winfield, who measures in at an athletic 6'0 and 200 pounds, talked about why he made the decision to switch his commitment to South Carolina.

"I switched my commitment from Tennessee to South Carolina," said Winfield. "The main reason is because I can go there and play linebacker in college. I also sat down and talked with some of the players on my official visit, and they were telling me how much they like it down there."

The Gamecocks recruited Winfield as an outside linebacker, whereas Tennessee liked him as a safety. After looking at both depth charts, Winfield believes that he has the chance to earn playing time sooner at USC.

"They said it really depends on what I do when I come down there. They said they are only going to bring in two linebackers, so whoever they bring in, they must really want them. As opposed to Tennessee, they are bringing in several DB's, and they already have DB's there."

The opportunity to play for Coach Spurrier also played an important factor in his decision.

"I like Coach Spurrier a lot. I got to talk with him a lot when I was down there last weekend. I think I'll like playing for him."

Carver Head Coach Keith Wilkes, who coached Winfield throughout his high school career, believes the future holds bright things for his standout linebacker.

"He's been a great player since he‘s been here at Carver. He's been a four year starter here, and he's been a great kid to coach. He's been great to work with, and he's a definite leader. I expect him to do well in college."

Lastly, Winfield wanted to share a message with all of the Gamecock fans out there.

"I'm looking forward to going down there and getting us an SEC Championship for the first time."

Winfield totaled over 80 tackles, 5 fumble recoveries, and a pair of interceptions during his senior season. He becomes the Gamecocks twentieth commitment in the 2007 recruiting class.

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